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1

Explain the problem of evil.

If there were a triomni god, then there wouldn't be evil in the world.
There is evil in the world.
There is no triomni god.

2

Identify and present the standard defense to the problem.

*Free-Will Defense*
A universe with agents that have free-will is better than one without such agents.
Granting agents free-will allows the possibility of evil.
A universe with the possibility of evil is better than one without the possibility of evil.
A triomni god would choose to create a universe with the possibility of evil.
It is logically impossible to prevent evil while allowing the possibility of evil.
A triomni god cannot prevent evil.

3

Present a response to the defense.

It assumes that one can only make significant choices between good and evil, which is clearly false.
It commits the fallacy of Black-and-White Thinking; that god either allows no evil at all or allows the precise amount of evil that occurs in the universe.