Evil And The Problem Of Evil In The World

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Nashiya Moosa Moosa 1 Philosophy Paper Philosophy of Religion May 1, 2014 Problems of Evil In this country, according to CSN news, “74 percent of U.S. adults believe in god.” That is a pretty high number for such a complex, modernized society. But where does all the faith and belief come from? People believe that God is always looking out for us and that he would never do anything to hurt us intentionally. People believe that God is in control of our destiny and controls everything that happens to us in this world. But then, this brings me to my main question, if God is seen as such a good being, then why are there so many problems in this world? Epicurus, a Greek philosopher phrases the idea of God and evil by saying “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then God is omnipotent. Is God able, but not willing? Then God is malevolent. Is God both able and willing? Then where does evil come from? Is God neither able nor willing? Then why call such a being God (Lecture 30)?” Why are there disease, natural disaster, animal suffrage, poverty, abuse, and so much more? In this research paper, I will talk about what evil is and a few problems of evil that are present in the world. Then, I will attempt to answer if there is so much evil present in this world, is it even likely that there is a God and should we blame him? Moosa 2 So, what exactly is evil? When I think of the word evil, I think of something or someone that is bad. I think of “hell” or the “devil.” According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Evil in the broad sense has been divided into two categories: natural evil and moral evil. Natural evils are bad states of affairs, which do not result from the intentions or negligence of mo... ... middle of paper ... ...ia of Philosophy (Winter 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = . 3. Gruen, Lori, "The Moral Status of Animals", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = . 4. Murray, Michael and Greenberg, Sean, "Leibniz on the Problem of Evil", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = . 5. "Poll: Americans' Belief in God Is Strong--But Declining." CNS News. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2014. 6. Tooley, Michael, "The Problem of Evil", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .

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