Understanding and Countering Proofs of God's Non-Existence

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"If God Exists, then Why"¦":Understanding and Countering Certain "Proofs" of God's Non-Existence Introduction The question of whether or not God exists is central to many modes of understanding and systems of knowledge, both theological and philosophical, and the implications of the answer to this question are quite far reaching indeed. The very fabric of reality depends upon the knowledge that this question seeks to obtain, and the manner in which an investigation of God's existence (or non-existence) is conducted and the specific inquiries that are made in this regard have their own implications on understandings in all areas of human knowledge and action. The following presents a point-by-point examination and refutation of one specific argument that has been raised as "proof" that God cannot exist. Reconciling Good and Evil The argument examined here is commonly used by many atheists, and is even raised as a more open question by many people of faith, and concerns the reconciliation of God with the fact that terrible or even evil things occur in the world. The argument extends thus: 1. God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent 2. An omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent God would prevent all ill from happening, and no terrible occurrences would plague humanity. 3. Terrible occurrences do plague humanity, both collectively and individually, all the time 4. Therefore, God does not exist Breaking the argument into these constituent parts

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