Coronavirus Pandemic & the Problem of Evil
by Kenneth Samples
Before the current pandemic, I only really thought of viruses when I got my yearly flu shot. But in light of the significant suffering and death caused by COVID-19, I’m sure none of us will ever think the same way about viruses again.
But how should we think about the pandemic in terms of the pain and suffering left in its wake? For example, should a pandemic be defined as a form of evil? If so, what kind of evil would it be?
Philosophers typically classify evil in two ways: moral evil and natural evil…