Essay about Why Does Evil Exist If There Is A Perfect God?

2480 Words May 9th, 2016 10 Pages
Anthony Spanel
Philosophy 1301-3001

Why Does Evil exist if there is a Perfect God?

Throughout all of human history, the problem of evil has always been a question that we have struggled to answer. Many theologists have come up with theodicies that defend the existence of God and likewise many others have based their theodicies on proving that he cannot exist. Both sides center their arguments on one question. Why does evil exist if there is a perfect God? The answer to this question depends on the way that it is solved in conjunction to the two types of evil that we encounter in our lives. These evils are represented by the concepts of natural evil and moral evil. Natural evil encompasses disease, accidents, and all manners of catastrophes like earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes. Moral evil consist of things like murder, terrorism, and war. In relation to the theodicies concerning natural evil, one can say that the evil plays a part in natural processes and is only considered evil when it affects mankind by taking lives. Moral evil on the other hand is caused by the ability of mankind to make moral decisions based on free will. After looking at the two types of evil and considering the theodicies concerning both, it seems like Gods existence is still coherent. Victims of natural disasters and disease may have a hard time believing in God after losing everything that they hold dear or watching as their body waste away due to illness. In these cases they turn their…

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