The Problem Of Evil And Evil Co Exist Essay

867 Words Dec 13th, 2015 4 Pages
For many Theists, the ‘Problem of Evil’ is one of the greatest difficulties that consequently contradict the image of God or the existence of a Deity. The Problem challenges how a limitlessly benevolent, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God can allow evil to exist. The problem was first tackled as early as 342-270 BC by Epicurus, "Is God willing but not able to prevent evil? Then he is impotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?" (Clark, PJ, 1999:125). This poses the question, if God truly possesses these attributes, how can he not foresee or prevent evil and how can God and evil co-exist? Many Atheists would argue that God simply does not exist as the argument is not logically possible; others assume that if God does exist then he must be malevolent. However, Augustine provides a Theodicy that attempts to restore faith in God, whilst explaining the purpose of evil and how the creator, presumed to be God, would permit this in our world.
Augustine approached the ‘Problem of Evil’ in two main stages, the first of which, he insisted that every creature is good. However, some are considered to acquire greater goodness than others whereby God has endowed them with some level of measure, form and order. Augustine puts forward the thesis that some creatures (although they are corrupted) are considered to have a greater variety of goodness, as opposed to those creatures that remain uncorrupted. For example,…

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