The Problem Of Evil Argument Essay

997 Words Oct 10th, 2015 4 Pages
The Problem of Evil argument focuses on the fact the existence of evil in the universe contradicts with God’s existence. I challenge the soundness of the argument, especially two particular premises which deal with omnipotence and omnibenevolence.
The argument is largely considered a valid or logical argument. To examine the validity of the argument, it is necessary, first, to define the term “God” in the argument. “God” is defined here as omnipotent and omnibenevolent. This is the definition of God that theists tend to use. The first premise of the Problem of Evil argument is that if God does exist, then God is omnipotent. This premise is just stating the theistic definition of God. The second premise of the argument is that if God is omnipotent, then God can do anything. The third premise states if God exists, then God can do anything. This premise is from premises one and two. The fourth premise is that if God exists, then God is omnibenevolent. This premise is also just stating the theistic definition of God. The fifth premise states that if God is omnibenevolent, then God will eliminate as much evil as God can. It logically follows that if a being is all-good, or omnibenevolent, then that being will want to eliminate as much badness, or evil, possible. The sixth premise is that if God exists, then God will eliminate as much evil as God can. This premise is just a follow of premises four and five. The seventh premise states that if God exists, then evil does not exist.…

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