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Steven Seage Professor Dobson 3/23/08 The Problem of Evil The problem of evil has been plaguing mankind ever since thought began. Why are there deaths? Why are there natural disasters? Why do people become murderers? Most people agree that evil exists. The problem comes in when you believe in an omnipotent, good God. If you have an omnipotent, good God would he not allow this evil to exist? It is a troubling problem that can have many different answers. Some groups of thinkers limit what the omnipotent side of God can do. If he is not aware of evil fully then there is no conflict. Others think that maybe God is not fully good, and that he can allow evil in the world. And yet still others believe that evil does not exist at all. These can all adequately explain how you can have God and evil at the same time, but they are conditions that cannot be proven. This is essentially the problem with evil. To have an omnipotent, good God it seems contradictory to have evil existing at the same time. Other less satisfactory solutions to the evil problem have been given as well. These are false because instead of placing conditions on the premises, one attempts to uphold all three tenets and still explain the problem. This cannot be and you will see why. One of the first of these explanations is that good cannot exist without evil. In other words if God creates good then he also automatically creates evil. Herein lays the problem. If God is wholly good, then would he not allow for evil to be created at all? This is not a likely scenario. Another way to explain this is that God is limited in his
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PHI 2010 taught by Professor Dobson during the Spring '08 term at FAU.

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