Plato 's Argument For Evil

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One of the most influential and quoted verses in the atheist community can be traced back to ancient Greece. An analysis of Epicurus’ Argument for Evil reveals a challenge for Christians: can an omnibenevolent God exist in a world full of evil? Now, the philosopher was not talking about the Abrahamic God, he was focused more on the gods of his culture in Greece. So in order to use the words of Epicurus as an argument against the views of God held by modern day Christians, we must make some assumptions.
Epicurus’ argument takes a logical and deductive analytical route with the existence of evil. This argument is not capable of being used to debate whether any God exists in general, instead it narrowly defines what a God is expected to do as an omnibenevolent being. This argument does allow for a God to exist that differs from traditional Christianity and does not care about or meddles in our personal lives. In western Christianity it is widely believed that god is in control of literally everything and it all happens as a part of his perfect plan, that we probably wouldn 't understand. Even if that plan includes the suffering of innocent children. Epicurus is not trying to show that the existence of gods are impossible, but improbable. The goal of his statement is not to get the reader to reject the existence of gods, but to consider that the existence of gods are unlikely and probably not worth worrying about.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not…
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