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Theodicy is the name given to reconciling the existence of God as a divine, benevolent, omnipotent being with the existence of evil. The existence of evil appears to contradict the existence of God. If an all-powerful, all-good being existed, then why would they permit evil in the world? The existence of evil must confirm that God is either not omnipotent, not benevolent, or non-existent. Theodicy attempts to answer the basic question of why God permits evil.

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The study of Theodicy effectively defends the existence of a benevolent, omnipotent and omniscient God.
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Evils are reckoned with in the afterlife

Just because God does not eliminate evil in this plane of existence, does not mean God has not eliminated it in other planes.

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Context

Our physical life is just one phase of existence. Just because evil exists in the physical world does not mean God does not eliminate evil.

The Argument

This plane of existence is only one small plane of existence. This is not the only life we live, nor is it the only realm of existence. It is plausible that God reckons with all evils in the afterlife. While God restrains evil, but doesn’t eliminate it on this plane of existence, in the next, it is reckoned with and abolished. [1]

Counter arguments

The fact that God does not eliminate evil in this life, despite having both the power and the desire to, must mean one of several things. Either God does not exist; God is not benevolent in his approach to this plane of existence; God is not omnipotent in this plane of existence, or God is not omniscient in this plane of existence. Either one of these means God as we understand him, does not exist.

Framing

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Premises

[P1] An all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good God would eliminate evil. [P2] God has eliminated evils in the afterlife. [P3] Therefore, an all-powerful, all-good, all-knowing God exists.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] We have no way of knowing whether evil existsing the afterlife. [Rejecting P3] An all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good God would also eliminate evil in the mortal world.

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References

  1. https://www.gotquestions.org/theodicy.html

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