An Argument Against Atheism Based On The Existence Of Evil

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William Rowe tries to provide answers for three interrelated questions. “1) Are there arguments for atheism based on the existence of evil that may rationally justify someone in being an atheist? 2) How can a theist defend this position against the argument for atheism based on the existence of evil? 3) What position should the informed atheist take concerning the rationality of their belief?” Rowe makes sure the reader known what kind of evil is being dealt with or is being used in the argument which is the central concept of the whole argument. He asserts that in order to develop the argument for atheism based on the existence of evil; it is necessary to look at some sort of evil that out world contains in great quantity. He states that this abundance of evil is the suffering humans and animals. Rowe sets out the problem by provide an argument that he believes can be used to rationally justify someone being an atheist, William Rowe states the argument goes as follow: “1. There exist instances of intense suffering which an omnipotent, omniscient being could have prevented without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil equally bad or worse 2. An omniscient, wholly good being would prevent the occurrence of any intense suffering it could, unless it could not do so without there by losing some greater good or permitting some evil equally bad or worse Therefore 3. There does not exist an omnipotent, omniscient, wholly good being.” Having provided the reader
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