Problems of Evil
The atheist argued that God’s existence ilogically incompatible with the existence of evil.
That is, it is not possible for both God and Evil to exist at the same time.
It is logically possible that:
Freedom is intrinsically good.
Moral evil is a necessary result of human freedom.
Satan causes natural evil.
The Free Will Response:
Solves the LOGICAL problem of evil
Leaves us with the EVIDENTIAL problem
The Evidential Problem of Evil:
God’s existence islogically compatible with the existence of evil.
But theamount, distribution and variety of evil provide evidence that God does not exist.
Given the amount of evil in the world, it is unlikely that God exists.
Evidential Argument from Evil:
1. There appears to be a great deal of unfairly distributedgratuitous evil in the world.
2. Gratuitous evil is incompatible with God’s existence.
3. The best explanation of the vast amount of evil and the distribution of it in the world is that this is a
4. Therefore, God probably does not exist. Defense of the claim that gratuitous evil exists :
There appears to be pointless suffering
E.g. Lightning strikes a tree which falls on a fawn who is burned terribly and suffers for days before dying.