Richard Swinburne's "The Problem of Evil": God's Existence

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Richard Swinburne's "The Problem of Evil": God's Existence Philosophers have looked for ways to explain God's existence for centuries. One such argment that the believer must justify in order to maintain the possibility of God's existence is the problem of evil. In his essay, "The Problem of Evil," by Richard Swinburne, the author attempts to explain how evil can exist in a world created by an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent Being, namely God. Swinburne uses to free-will defense and says that God gave us a choice between doing good and doing evil. If someone chooses to do good over evil, then that Good is greater than if one had no choice at all but to do good. This is a weak argument and in order to clarify those…show more content…
It is illogical to say that it is good for evil to exist so that others will exhibit good traits. It is good that people come together and try to improve and perfect this world, but it is not good that people have to suffer in order for others to try and improve the world. Swinburne also mentions the other types of evils that are not caused by humans, such as natural disasters. The theodicist argues that "God ties the goodness of man to the well-being of the world and that afailure of one leads to a failure of the other" (12). Earthquakes and volcanoes are a way to punish humanity for misbehaving. This does not explain why earthquakes happen, and why so many die as a result of them. The west coast cannot be at fault for the earthquaks that plague them constantly. Many law-abiding, good citizens died in the Earthquakes that rocked San Francisco and Los Angeles a few years ago. God would not have allowed all those innocent people to die. Nor can the thousands of people who lost their homes because of Hurricane Andrew be blamed. All one needs to do is to take a class about Geology or Meteorology to know why these and other natural disasters happen. It would be illogical for God, if He is omnibenevolent, to make many good people suffer because of natural disasters. Earthquakes and volcanoes have existed on this planet long before humans were around. The world was plagued with

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