Read the full-text online edition of god and evil: an introduction to the issues ( 1998. A discussion between a professor and student answers this question very well i will prove to you that if god exists then he is evil, a professor challenged his class professor : did god create everything that exists students : yes sir professo. Tragedies such as the aurora colorado theater shooting or the virginia tech massacre refocus the issue of evil in a vivid way if there is a loving god, then why does he permit heinous crimes like this why doesn't he intervene the christian cannot accept the claims of some that god “is not perfect and. God, and evil, are two of the biggest issues one can possibly discuss and when they are brought together this. God knows the end from the beginning indeed, he declares the end from the beginning (isa 46:9-10), and this exhaustive foreknowledge is one of the distinguishing marks of his deity was he able to prevent it was his arm too short to make a gun misfire, to cause an evil young man to have a car wreck on. After weeks of exploring the existence of nature of god, today hank explores one of the biggest problems in theism, and possibly the biggest philosophical qu.
The god of evil trope as used in popular culture in a polytheistic religion each god and goddess serves a specific role and fills a certain niche: love. This concise, well-structured survey examines the problem of evil in the context of the philosophy of religion one of the core topics in that field, the problem of evil is an enduring challenge that western philosophers have pondered for almost two thousand years the main problem of evil consists in reconciling belief in a just. Thus if, contrary to (7), god exists, it follows from (1) that god is omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect this, together with (2), (3), and (4) then entails that god has the power to eliminate all evil, that god knows when evil exists, and that god has the desire to eliminate all evil. Trying to sort out the grammar of evil has always been an essential part of the attempt to speak about god but in the aftermath of the atrocities of auschwitz and the bloodlands of eastern europe, the thread that held god and evil in perennial tension seemed to snap - as the undeniable presence of evil in.
One of the principal challenges to the belief in god is the problem of evil jl mackie stated the problem as follows:god is omnipotent: god is wholly good, and yet evil exists there seems to be some contradiction between these three propositions, so that if any two of them were true, the third would be false1. Gordon h clark audio book available as mp3 download or cd for centuries those who have opposed the christian faith have argued that if god is good, he cannot be all-powerful, since there is evil in the world and if god is all-powerful, he cannot be good, since there is evil in the world either god is good or he is. In isaiah 45, god says i make peace, and create evil does this mean god created evil if god made everything, didn't he make evil, too here is our response to this difficult passage. Good exists, but evil does not by “evil,” we mean the antithesis of good an exact opposite a force working in opposition to an equal and contradictory force of good but this is simply not so rather, what we call evil is nothing more than the absence of good if god is good, then all he created was good in this situation, “ evil.
An evil god is more likely to exist than a good one and is a better symbol of reality on vexen crabtree's satanism website. To some religious thinkers, the notion that god would have such a foe is a necessary part of the natural order, essential for providing contrast “this world of ours is a world of opposites,” the theologian paul carus wrote in 1900 “there is light and there is shade, there is heat and cold, there is good and evil, there is god and. The question of evil—its origins, its justification, its solution—has plagued humankind from the beginning every generation raises the question and struggles with the responses it is given questions about the nature of evil and how it is reconciled with the truth claims of christianity are unavoidable we need to be prepared. In order to deal with this issue it will be helpful to draw a distinction between the intellectual problem of evil and the emotional problem of evil the intellectual problem concerns how to give a rational explanation for how god and evil can coexist the emotional problem concerns how to dissolve people's emotional dislike for.
The problem of evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with an omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent god (see theism) an argument from evil attempts to show that the co-existence of evil and such a god is unlikely or impossible attempts to show the contrary have traditionally been. This book offers an in-depth study of saint thomas aquinas's thoughts on god and evil, revealing that aquinas's thinking about god and evil can be traced through his metaphysical philosophy, his thoughts on god and creation, and his writings about christian revelation and the doctrines of the trinity and the incarnation.
No, not a screed on the evils of religion, but an exploration of how monotheistic faiths (and christianity in particular) account for evil in the world it is another in the 'lost pages' series - sections of the quest for a moral compass, my book on the global history of ethics, that i had to. One of the classic objections to the existence of a monotheistic god is the existence of evil and suffering if god has the properties of omnipotence ( supreme. God, evil, and suffering daniel howard-snyder in reason for the hope within (eerdmans 1999), ed michael j murray 1 evil and suffering not long ago, an issue of my local paper reminded its readers of susan smith, the carolinan mother who rolled her mazda into a lake, drowning her two little sons.
Is god the cause of evil before we decide yes or no, it is important to agree on what we are talking about when we use the word 'evil' in his book is god to blame (dublin, veritas, 2007) gerard j hughes sj points up the complexity hidden in that little word he says that a person can only be blamed for. A classic question in theology asks how can a loving, yet omnipotent god permit evil and suffering in the world the argument goes as follows: a god that allows suffering to continue is either a) not all-powerful (not omnipotent) and is thus unable to prevent the suffering b) not loving because this god has. We live in a world festering with evil how could a good god allow this problem of evil narrated by harry shearer scripted by nigel warburton from the bbc.
An all-powerful, perfectly good god must not exist, because if he did he would prevent all evil there are two standard answers to this objection, both of which ultimately fall short i will examine these answers first before giving what i think is a more complete answer the first answer deals with suffering as well as intentional. If god is all-powerful and all-good, it would have created a universe in the same way it created heaven: with free will for all, no suffering and no evil but evil and suffering exist therefore god does not exist, is not all-powerful or is not benevolent (good)1 such arguments have been used by many philosophers as evidence. Let me lay my motivational cards on the table and begin by explaining why i believe the problem of evil is relevant in our modern world many of the problem's early proponents were motivated by a desire to call attention to an apparent fundamental inconsistency in christian thought they attacked the christian tradition.