The Upshot of the Argument from Evil

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The Upshot of the Argument from Evil Let's suppose that the argument from evil is entirely successful. What would be the upshot? The conclusion of the argument from evil is this: there cannot exist a God who is both omnipotent and wholly good. Note that the argument of evil does not establish the truth of atheism. Even if we assume that omnipotence is an essential part of the definition of God, we are still left with two options: there is no God, or there is a God who is not perfectly good. There are three possibilities concerning God: eutheism, dystheism and atheism. Eutheism is the thesis that God exists and is wholly good. Dystheism is the thesis that God exists but is not wholly good. Atheism is the thesis that God does not exist. The argument from evil, if it is successful, establishes the falsity of eutheism, leaving us with the two remaining options. If the argument from evil is to be used as an argument for atheism, we need some argument against dystheism.
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