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PHIL 1000
Brian Huss

The problem of evil questions whether the existence of god or an absolute higher power is plausible while there is evil and suffering present within the world. Within most religious bodies god and other deities are collectively described as being omnipotent; all powerful, omniscient; all knowing and benevolent; all good. With such characteristics in mind, one would envision the world as a place free of suffering, have and evil. With such an all-loving God with solely good morals, such immense power and knowledge; one would believe the world to be a type of “heaven on earth”. However, with simple observation this is not the case, unimaginable suffering is present without much cease in in prospective view. Incurable disease, famine, poverty and everyday misfortune plague the world with little end in sight. With an immensely powerful, benevolent being as the creator and ruler of the entire universe, how is such a suffering-plagued society possible? The problem of evil presents the following argument: 1. If an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent god exists, then evil does not. 2. There is evil in the world. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.Therefore, an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God does not exist The problem of evil argument provides a logical contradiction in regard to the coexistence of evil and god. If god exists and is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent; such a being would have the urge to prevent all evil, has complete knowledge of the existence of evil and as the power to prevent evil from coming into being. Abeing that is aware of every possible way in which evil comes into existence and who is able to prevent such evil from coming into existence, and who wants to do so, would prevent the existence of that evil. If an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God exists then there is no room for evil to exist as well. However, evil does exist within the world and thus one can conclude that god does not exist. I intend to present the following argument: 1. The problem of evil argument provides necessary conditions for the nonexistence of god. 2. If the necessary conditions for the nonexistence of god are applica
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