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The evidential problem


The evidential problem of evil claims that the amount and distribution of evil that exists is good evidence that an omnipotent, good God does not exist. It understands the argument inductively: the way evil actually exists is good evidence for thinking that God does not exist. For example, children can die of terrible diseases or they can be brutally treated. Animals can suffer in natural disasters such as drought. This seems exactly the kind of thing an omnipotent, good God would want to eradicate. Evil is unfairly distributed, and even if it is necessary for certain goods, is so much evil necessary? It is this version of the problem we will discuss.



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