The Existence of God and the Problem of Evil Analytical Essay by scribbler

The Existence of God and the Problem of Evil
Presents an overview of the problem of evil and the questions it raises relating to the existence of God.
# 153387 | 1,135 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 28, 2013 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper explains that the logical problem of evil states that God and evil are mutually exclusive; therefore, skeptics argue that, if God is omniscient and benevolent then there shouldn't be so much suffering in this world. Next, the author reviews the philosophical arguments either to disprove, or at the very least show, that God and evil can exist together. The paper concludes that one philosophical solution to the problem of evil is to foster moral and ethical thinking and behavior while striving to lessen such disparities.

Table of Contents:
Problem of Evil
Solution to the Problem of Evil

From the Paper:

"The problem of evil can now be presented in the context of God's existence. According to the Christian interpretation of God, if God is All-Powerful and Good and He is the creator of everything then evil cannot exist. Similarly, if evil exists than God does exist. However, we know that evil exists. Therefore, God does not exist. This argument which is called the Epicurean argument from evil suggests that since evil is present there are two deductions which can be made in regarding to the existence of God. One is that evil exists and God exists and the other evil exists and God does not. The implication of the former deduction is that God either willingly permits evil or unwillingly permits evil. In the former case the fundamental attribute of God's benevolence is put to question. If God willfully creates evil then he is not God in the context of the Christian conception of a Benevolent God. And if God unwillingly creates evil than why does he allow it to flourish. In this case God's attribute of Omnipotence is put to question. Thus, the existence of evil and the existence of God pose a series of incompatibilities that challenge the notion of God's existence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ed. L. Miller, Questions that Matter: An Invitation to Philosophy, 3rd edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1992), p. 350.

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