The problem of evil is the challenge that the existence of evil poses for faith in God.
The Logical Problem of Evil
- If God is omnipotent, he can do anything logically possible so he could've created a world free from actual evil and suffering, and free from the possibility of ever going wrong. He could end all evil and suffering.
- Since God is omniscient, he has complete knowledge of everything in the universe, including evil and suffering, he also knows how to stop it.
- However if God is all-loving, he wish to end all evil and suffering. Mackie says "a wholly good being eliminates evil as far as it can."
- Hume argued that only two of the three qualities of omnipotence, omnibenevolence and evil can exist alongside each other. Therefore, either God is not omnipotent or God is not omnibenevolent or evil does not exist.
- Hume considered the effects of evil are felt too widely for it to be dismissable. Therefore, God must be either not be omnipotent or all-loving so the God of classical…