Evil And The Existent Of God Essay

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When discussing evil and the existent of God the question “Is God a participant in this chaos?” comes up quite often. Theologians have different opinions about the answer to this question, but John Calvin has a stance on this idea of evil and God. John Calvin has clearly laid out his stance of perfect world theodicy in his writing of sdfjds,fh.
Perfect world theodicy would agree that God is apart off all things in the world. His involvement would include the Creation, the Fall, everyday life, wickedness, and everything in between. Calvin stated this in his own words by saying, “It were cold and lifeless to represent God as a momentary Creator, who completed his work once for all, and then left it”(pg. 126). Calvin believed God was in the midst of all things including evil. Evil exists because God caused, willed, and allowed it to happen in the world.
Free will is not existent in the eyes of perfect world theologians. The absence of free will means that absolutely nothing can happen without God knowing it and willing for it to happen. Calvin supports this belief by saying, “His death was not only foreseen by the eye of God, but had been fixed by his decree” (pg.134). Some would push back on that stance and wonder why would God allow evil to continue? Calvin believes humans should not question God and the wicked things he causes. By questioning God we are trying to figure out a mystery that is too vast for humans to understand. Since God is all knowing, Calvin would suggest…

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