God and Evil: Not a problem

August 11, 2010

David Hume: Evil and God? Not so sure. Awesome red jacket? Absolutely.

The argument against God based on Evil was famously formulated by 18th century philosopher David Hume. It goes like this:

1. Evil exists
2. A good and omnipotent God would not allow evil.
3. Either God is not omnipotent, not good, or doesn’t exist.

This argument held much weight in academic circles for almost 200 years. But it has lost favor. In fact, there has not been a major scholarly work published in the past 20 years that made the argument against God based on the existence of evil.

Why has this popular argument gone so far out of favor in academia? Because there is a simple response that nullifies it.

“Unless a good and all powerful God had a good reason to allow evil”.

Boom. The argument falls apart at that point.

Now, it may be that you don’t understand why a good God would allow evil. It may be that you doubt there could be a good reason. But the logical argument that Hume laid out is no longer tenable.


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