Timothy ryan philosophical essay verbum submission 10-27-2011 the problem of evil and the existence of god throughout the history of mankind countless theologians, scholars, and philosophers have grappled with the concept evil, the existence of god, and if god exists, whether he is omnipotent and representative of infinite goodness. If you don’t have a good creator, and a fall – then what’s running the universe is random chance or an evil being people in rebellion against a good god explains the evil acts of men and a fallen creation explains disasters. Augustine might try to define evil out of existence, but this cannot diminish the reality of the pain, suffering and cruelty that prompt the question of evil in the first place. God and evil introduction: the problem of evil and two potential objections to christianity a legitimate objection: christianity is internally inconsistent in its belief in a good, omnipotent god and its belief in the existence of real, transcendent evil. The problem of evil is a touchstone of any religion from our direct confrontation with evil results suffering, and thus endless questions about the meaning of life that is why all religions have to give a proper answer regarding the origin, nature and end of evil.
Prove god’s existence good and evil almost from the beginning of time, as recorded in scripture, good and evil have existed as we con- perhaps the most puzzling problem to man in relation to god’s existence is the problem of evil and human suffering why must evil, suffering, and even death exist in the world today often the question is. Good and evil are subjective they are two sides to the same object if you have a front, you have to have a back if we were to eliminate everything that was evil from the world, people would then begin to discriminate between things that were really good, and things that were not so good. Evil quotes the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing it's a constant struggle as to which one will win and one cannot exist without the other eric burdon good, struggle, good and some are very important choices some are not many of our choices are between good and evil the choices we make. The epistemic question posed by evil is whether the world contains undesirable states of affairs that provide the basis for an argument that makes it unreasonable to believe in the existence of god.
The existence of god is logically incompatible with the existence of evil, if an only if god has no morally sufficient reason for permitting the existence of evil 2) none of the reasons proposed by theists as to god's morally sufficient reason for permitting evil to exist is in fact a morally sufficient reason. The relation of evil to the will of a perfectly benevolent creator was elaborately treated by leibniz, in answer to bayle, who had insisted on the arguments derived from the existence of evil against that of a good and omnipotent god. Suffering, evil and the existence of god by stanley fish november 4, the relation of its argument and trajectory to the argument and trajectory of ehrman’s book stands) comments are no longer being accepted carl november 4, “good” among men-evil and suffering are the result of “free will. The fact that there is still evil in the world proves that god doesn't exist, or if he did, that he must be impotent, ignorant, or wicked as keenly-felt as the problem of evil may be, however, it doesn't represent a strong intellectual or logical obstacle to god's existence.
The best of all worlds would be a place where evil facilitated the development of virtues that are only able to exist where evil flourishes for a time this would produce a world populated by souls that were refined by overcoming evil with good. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles. Encyclopedia judaica: good & evil for buber the source of evil was the failure to enter into relation, and conversely evil can be redeemed by the reestablishment of relations good and evil, ie, the achievement of the good for all mankind the existence of evil in the world is due to the failure of man to act in accord with god, ie. For no evil of any kind lies outside and independent of the will but it is the non-existence of the good that is so denominated now that which is not has no substantial existence, and the maker of that which has no substantial existence is not the maker of things that have substantial existence.
The relationship between good and evil can be seen in the bible, this whole story is around the co-existence of good and evil, rather than them being separate things there are countless scenes where both these factors are depicted in one character or setting. The view that evil is outside of god's control simply will not do, even when motivated by a desire to distance a good god from the existence of evil, whether wickedness or disaster it is a false dichotomy to maintain that evil exists independently from god's good purposes, and it brings him no glory. Evil is the absence of god is a supposedly logical argument that attempts to solve the problem of evil by explaining that evil does not exist as a positive, but is simply the relative lack of god.
Is the existence and knowledge of moral evil necessary for the knowledge of good and if so, would that not easily explain how evil exists in a universe created by a holy god of infinite power who both hates evil and could have prevented it. The relationship of mephistopheles to god of evil to good to determine the nature of the relationship of mephistopheles to good and to faust, in the drama, it is necessary to examine firstly whether the dynamics and the entities. You can have good without evil, but you cannot have evil without good” or as christian apologist greg koukl has said, “human freedom was used in such a way as to diminish goodness in the world, and that diminution, that lack of goodness, that is what we call evil.
The uncontrolling love of god has opened my eyes and mind to a new approach to evil and god’s role in evil i believe that evil occurs because of the choices of creation i believe that evil occurs because of the choices of creation. The relationship between good and evil can be seen in the bible, through the stories of adam and eve and cain and abel the correlation between good and evil is seen throughout history, through medians such as literature and the media. Pyrrhonism holds that good and evil do not exist by nature, meaning that good and evil do not exist within the things themselves all judgments of good and evil are relative to the one doing the judging yes, a scorpion is evil in relation to man a serpent is evil in relation to man but in relation to themselves they are not evil, for. A being who knows every way in which an evil can come into existence, who is able to prevent that evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil if there exists an omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omniscient god, then no evil exists.
And the existence of this broader good and evil in the universe is what makes it possible to discern that some acts are bad and should be opposed (ie, rape is wrong and evil, in some universal sense, so it is reasonable, desireable, and philosophically justifiable to oppose its practice. Logical problem of evil the existence of evil and suffering in our world seems to pose a serious challenge to belief in the existence of a perfect godif god were all-knowing, it seems that god would know about all of the horrible things that happen in our world. The relation of evil to the will of a perfectly benevolent creator was elaborately treated by leibniz, in answer to bayle, who had insisted on the arguments derived from the existence of evil against that of a good and omnipotent god leibniz founded his views mainly on those of st augustine and from st thomas, and deduced from them his.