In part one we looked at Professor Radisson’s arguments in detail, and in part two we dug into Josh’s first and second lectures to his class. In the final part we will discuss the final talk, and the importance of Philosophy for Christians.
Josh’s third lesson begins with the problem of evil and suffering. This is one of the most difficult questions for the Christian to answer. However, I do not think we are without anything meaningful to say on this subject.
The most basic form of the objection to God’s existence based on evil is this:
1. If God is all powerful, then He can prevent evil from happening.
2. If God is all loving, then He would want to stop evil from happening
Therefore, since evil exists, an all powerful and all loving God must not exist.
This, at least at first glance, seems to be a pretty good reason to believe that God does not exist, especially since it seems to be the case that if the premises (statements one and two) are true, then the conclusion does seem valid. So what can the Christian say at this point? [Read more...]