Essay about If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil?

2670 Words Sep 26th, 2016 11 Pages
For generations upon generations people around the world have asked the question, “If god is good, why is there evil in the world?”. On first observation of this simple question one sees what seems to be a fundamental flaw in the Christian belief. John Hick attempts to solve this life- changing question and prove that it has no effect on the essential belief of God. He defines this “Problem of Evil” in the following dilemma: “If God is perfectly loving, he must wish to abolish evil; and if he is all- powerful, he must be able to abolish evil. But if evil exists; therefore God cannot be both omnipotent and perfectly loving” (Hick 1). In going about proving the instability in what seems to be an ironclad argument, John Hick looks at multiple possibilities. He defines evil and with this definition comes up with a concrete conclusion to this universal dilemma. However, does John Hick’s solution actually stand up to all possible contradictions? If Arthur C. Clarke and John Hick would have met one might have seen quite the argument on this matter. Nevertheless, John Hick’s essay argues a more prominent point then the whimsical conflicting ideas that Mr. Clarke uses in his science fiction story. This essay will argue that the existence of evil is a necessary and unavoidable reality based on Hick’s arguments and that none of Arthur Clarke’s points in “The Star” can change this paradigm. Evil and god can coexist, and this is proven through humanity’s freewill and the need…

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