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1
Q

what did i need to remember if i use this

A

must focus on why E&S is such a powerful argument against the existence of God
NOT the theodicies

2
Q

Problem of evil challenges who

A

Those who believer in an all-loving, all-powerful God

3
Q

What is the dilemma

A
  • God omnipotent, could have created the world without evil and end E&S
  • omniscient, must know how to stop E&S
  • omnibenevolent, would want to end all E&S, would not want people to suffer anymore
4
Q

Yet E&S does exist so either

A

God is not omnipotent, omniscient, or omnibenevolent
or
he does not exist

5
Q

St Augustine said

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“Either God cannot abolish evil or he will not : if he cannot then he is not all-powerful, if he will not, then he is not all Good”

6
Q

Criticism : religious believers will argue what

A
  • suffering is a test given to humanity by God to enable us to develop and mature
  • God gave humanity free will & therefore cannot interfere in human actions