The Problem of Evil

Epicurus was a philosopher in ancient Athens. He was one of the first to articulate the problem of evil.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not all-powerful.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then from where does evil come?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

The problem of evil eliminates an all-good and all-powerful God. All that is left is either there is no God behind the universe, or else God is indifferent to good and evil, or else God is evil.

No God seems like the logical choice.

But who said humans are logical?

Published by

Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.