God 's Omniscience Causes The Argument Of Evil Essays

818 Words Nov 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the course of human history perhaps no issue has caused as much debate or controversy as the question of the existence of God. People on both sides have provided a variety of interesting arguments to support their positions. Perhaps no argument is as famous as one by Hume which has come to be known as the problem of evil. The argument goes as follows, “Epicurus’ old questions are yet unanswered. Is he willing to prevent evil, but no able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil.” I am going to break down this argument into its premises, and explain how the premise about God’s omniscience causes the argument to fail. The first premise of the argument works to establish God as a benevolent all powerful, and all knowing being. The premise would line up that God if he exists is a being such that he is all powerful meaning he can do anything. He would also be omniscient meaning he would possesses all knowledge. Finally, he would be a perfect being which from our conception would necessitate that he is all good. These premises function to establish God’s supremacy which is crucial for the argument. The argument known as the problem of evil only works when it is crafted in such a way as to create this all powerful benevolent being. The next three premises work to build off what is established in the first premise, but work to apply them to the case of evil. They are as follows: If God is…

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