Disclaiming the Argument from Evil

Topics: Philosophy of religion, Existence, Free will Pages: 3 (942 words) Published: March 4, 2014

It is often thought that there is evil in the world, which proves that there is no God. This argument is better known as the Argument from Evil (Sober, 119). In this paper I will argue that the Argument from Evil is termed as bad and can not stand as justifiable due to non-conclusive reasoning for why evil cannot exist. I will provide specific evidence for why a particular premise pertaining to the Argument from Evil can be thrown out resulting in the absence of evidence that can rule out God's existence. The Argument from Evil does not incorporate the fact that God leaves certain decision on the hands of his people for various reasoning of his own. There are three clear version of the Argument from Evil that can be argued against and I will place emphasis on the first version of the Argument discussed.

The Argument from Evil, also known as the Problem of Evil, explains how the existence of evil while simultaneously having the existence of God could not be possible if placed in absolute terms. This means that evil and God could not co-exist. The Argument from Evil addresses the existence of God across three particular premises. Beginning with stating if God were to exist, then that being would be all-powerful, all knowing, and all good. Secondly it goes on to state that if an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good God existed, and then there would be no evil. The Argument from Evil ends with stating there is evil (Sober, 119). This concludes in the assumption that there is no God.

One key reason for which I chose this particular Argument is the lack of clarity. In this Argument from Evil much is simply assumed to be true. Many area of the Argument are vague and assumed to be true. For example many aspects of the Argument disregard the fact that there is no logical incompatibility between the existence of evil and the existence of God. There is no clear evidence that shows God would not allow evil for reason of his own.

Although each premise of the...

Cited: Sober, Elliott. Core Questions in Philosophy: A Text with Readings. Boston ; Munich: Pearson Education, 2013. Print.
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