The Problem Of Evil By Mark Twain Essay

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Mark Twain said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled,” (Good Reads 2016). Perhaps more men have been fooled into believing “there is no God” than anything else (Holy Bible, New King James Version 1996, Psalm 14:1). Those who have been fooled in this sense, as Twain appropriately remarked, are incredibly difficult to persuade. It is often comfortable for them to remain in their current state, being blinded to God’s existence, because it allows them to live in whatever way pleases them without guilt or shame. The difficulty enters this situation when such individuals begin to form arguments supporting their belief that God does not exist, their atheism. Many of these arguments are easily disproven because of their faulty reasoning and lack of (honest) evidence. However, there is one argument in the atheist’s arsenal that has been particularly effective in their fight to disprove God’s existence: the one revolving around “the problem of evil”. This argument is often considered as the most powerful and convincing argument against theism. John Stott stated that it “undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith…” (Listi 2007). According to Australian philosopher J. L. Mackie, the “problem of evil” proves religious beliefs to be “positively irrational” (Mackie 1955). Seeing that it is this very argument that the atheists themselves consider to be their greatest proof against God’s existence, and it is also
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