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The Problem of Evil by Mind Map: The Problem of Evil
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The Problem of Evil


Natural (Nature inflicted)

Moral (Human inflicted)


If God is omnipotent (all powerful) then why does he not prevent/stop evil and suffering?

If God is omnsicient (all knowing) then he could foresee evil and suffering yet he does nothing to stop it.

If God is omnibenevolent (all loving) then he would not want evil and suffering in the first place

So, God is not necessarily all powerful, all knowing and all loving. Therefore the NATURE of God is called into question (NOT his existence)

Challenges to Religious Beliefs

Creation is not perfect - humans have the ability to be vile to each other. The natural world can be extremely dangerous.

People doubt God's existence because of the amount of evil and suffering in the world - why does God allow it??

God is seen to be arbitary - why did he not save 6,000,000 of his 'chosen' people in the Holocaust, yet raise Jairus' daughter from the dead?

Theodicy - A philosophical attempt to solve the problem of evil





These are the classic religious reponses to evil so should not be dismissed out of hand

However, there is a lot of legitimate criticism of them

Many though agree that Free Will is an essential part of what it is to be human, we therefore make our own choices

We also clearly learn from making mistakes

But, many questions are raised about God's nature.

REMEMBER - Evil does not disprove God's existence, but it does question his power and goodness. (Remember The Sim Theory!)