Is the Problem of Evil a Good Argument?

By David Johansen

If there is one thing that can be universally agreed upon it’s that there is something wrong with the world. Regardless of what we believe that problem is, we can all agree that it exists. This problem often hits us painfully and emotionally, influencing even our most fundamental beliefs. This, of course, often manifests as what we call the problem of evil. If there is an all loving and powerful God, wouldn’t he stop all the pain and suffering in the world? There is almost certainly no more common and resonant argument against Christianity than that view. Many of the more self-aware atheists admit that, despite how much time they may spend arguing other points of evidence, what really keeps them from belief in God is evil and suffering. But why is this argument so persuasive? Is the problem of evil a good argument?…
 

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