Atheistic Arguments from Evil

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Atheistic Arguments from Evil I. The Lucretian Argument from Evil In his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion , David Hume alludes to an ancient version of the argument from evil, due to the Roman philosopher Lucretius: 1. If God exists, then God is wholly good and omnipotent. 2. A wholly good God would want to actualize a world devoid of all evil. 3. An omnipotent God could actualize a world devoid of all evil. 4. Evil exists (the actual world is not devoid of evil). 5. Therefore, God does not exist. The main defect in this argument lies in the second premise. It is not at all obvious that a perfectly good being must create a world utterly devoid of evil. This might follow if we thought that evil was a positive quality that had to be caused to exist, since it would presumably in that case take a partially evil cause to produce a partially evil effect. However, if we accept the privative theory of evil, that route to premise two is denied us. An alternative to Lucretius's argument seeks to spell out why a good and omnipotent being
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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