As religious Studies Revision: The Problem of Evil. Ao1 Material: I e. ‘what goes in part a ?’ An explanation of the problem of evil itself



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AS Religious Studies Revision: The Problem of Evil.
AO1 Material: i.e. ‘what goes in part a)?’
An explanation of the problem of evil itself:


  1. The God of classical theism is omnipotent, omniscient and omni-benevolent.

  2. God has it in his power to stop evil. He is omniscient and omni-benevolent and knows about evil and desires to stop it.

  3. Evil and suffering exist.

Conclusion: God does not exist.
Alternatively you could use the inconsistent triad found in Epicurus. This argues that the presence of evil and suffering makes God’s predicates (omniscience, omnipotence and omni-benevolence) inconsistent with each other. In other words, if God is omnipotent he could stop evil, but because there is evil, this suggests God doesn’t, which contradicts God’s omni-benevolence.



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