Essay on The Problem of Evil

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Andrew R. 11/21/12 Phil 300 The Problem of Evil One of the most interesting questions in the world is, “If a God exists, why is there evil in the world?” Most people respond with, “If God created the universe and us, then there should not be evil in the world,” when asked about God or any other powerful being. The problem of evil is also believed to be the cause of Atheism, and I do believe that there is a solution for this. The problem of evil is not a correct argument. The arguments from evil state that if there is a God who is omniscient, omnipotent and perfectly good, then there would be no evil or suffering in the world. Evil does exist, therefore, god does not exist. If God existed, he would not allow evil into the world…show more content…
I believe that Atheism is not winning though because I do not agree with the argument they give. Atheists only say God cannot be real because of all the suffering. In the world perhaps, this suffering can sometimes be justified. Theism may be a solution for the problem of evil. It is the belief in the existence of a God or Gods. They believe in a personal God that created the world (WikiPedia). A defense to the problem of evil is free will. However, natural evil is not evil caused by humans, so this defense is invalid because natural evil exists whether there is free will or not. An example of natural evil are disasters like fires and hurricanes. It was Augustine that did find a solution to the problem of evil. The problem of evil has even been talked about amongst Western religions that include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to WikiPedia, Western religions believe in Dualism, two kinds of reality that are material and nonmaterial. It is believed that God created the universe and will end it someday. In Judaism, the problem of evil, or in simpler terms, suffering, is mentioned in the Book of Job. The Book of Job questions why suffering exists, however this book offers no solution. Further reading on wikipedia shows these two religions both believe there is a solution. One solution is that God’s power is limited. I

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