The Least Desirable of All Possible Arguments

The problem of evil….

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The problem of evil has been a subject of philosophical debate for centuries. It is, mostly, but not limited to, the relation between the existence of evil in the world and an omnibenevolent, omnipotent god. I say “mostly” because it has been applied to belief systems that lack deities with these specific predicates. At any rate, it can be summed up in an apocryphal quote from Epicurus:

“Is he willing to prevent evil, but not able? then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil?”

Indeed, the existence of evil and the insistence of the theistic claim that God is both omnibenevolent and omnipotent seem to be contradictory. Many counter-arguments to this opinion have been devised, and they usually center on free will. I’d like to examine one in particular. However, I don’t have a…

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