Owen_Donald_SE1 - Donald W Owen II THEO202_B05_200930 Short...

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Donald W. Owen, II THEO202_B05_200930 Short Essay # 1 Short Essay on Topic The Problem of Evil When talking with Sam after church the other day I heard him questioning “the problem of evil”, but I began to think, Sam’s real questions is rooted to the existence of God and by his concerns about the presence of evil in the world due to the recent events on the news, the reports of natural catastrophes, war, disease, and so on. I begin with a couple of propositions about the problem of evil. First, evil is real, it’s not an illusion. Some have defined evil as the absence of good, but that’s not a really good way to say it. Understanding or justifying the ways of God to man become difficult to communicate when we can’t understand all there is to know about God. So to understand evil we must search to understand God and His existence. Theodicy is relevant to understanding the ways of God. Can God’s ways be explained to man? Or better can man understand God’s ways? There are positions that people take, that if God exist then evil cannot exist. A good God, the creator wouldn’t create evil. Secondly, there are many types of evil, therefore what or who is responsible. Another is based on your understanding, would it be consistent to your world view? Then there is the problem of logical consistency, how can we fit evil in to our belief system. Another position we cannot be responsible for what we do if we were created, do we have free will. Is evil the result of free will? Is God weak and can He not accomplish the task of removing evil from the world? God is not under any obligated to anyone to create any world of any kind.
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2011 for the course CS 1 taught by Professor Rohr during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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