What is the problem of evil and how do theists respond to it logically?

12 Jun

Great three-part animated video on understanding and answering the problem of evil.  Yale Philosopher Dr. Greg Ganssle explains the argument against the existence of God from the “Problem of Evil” and how Christian theists respond (need thinking caps!). I want to add something to one part of his argument; the possible good reasons why God might allow evil in the world could also include how evil in the world might serve the ultimate purpose of God’s glory (even the evil choices that men make). But why God allows evil is to some extent speculative on the part of finite creatures, who ultimately must place their hands over their mouths when replying back to an infinitely Holy Wise Good Powerful Creator God. Grassle’s only point is that there really is no contradiction between the Christian’s doctrine of God and the existence of evil in the world.  In the end, it seems that Grassle’s response sounds a lot like Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology argument on evil, which basically shows only that it is not irrational to believe in the Christian God and the existence of evil at the same time.  A more presuppositionalist argument would turn the tables and ask how there can be an objection to the problem of evil in a materalist-atheistic universe where immaterial entities, like evil, do not exist in the first place.


One Response to “What is the problem of evil and how do theists respond to it logically?”

  1. DYNAMOpolitics June 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m Orthodox Christian. I think the Orthodox perspective (and I’m summarizing here) is that God is giving us a chance to partake in his victory over the devil by giving us the opportunity to defeat evil in the world (and failing to defeat it is human failure, not divine). I think in a broad sense this is a fairly logical explanation, at least within the pre-existing logical constructs of the faith.


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