A Good God In A Wicked World: Considering The Problem Of Evil -- By: Jonathan Moreno
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A Good God In A Wicked World:
Considering The Problem Of Evil
Elie Wiesel trusted in God. As a boy, he believed that Yahweh cared deeply for him and his people. All that changed in the grueling death camps of Nazi Germany. Elie was a Jew. Subjected to the horrific atrocities of Auschwitz, his faith was shattered as his God seemed to sit idly by while countless victims suffered through the darkest evils imaginable at the hands of wicked men. In the preface to his memoir Wiesel writes:
In the beginning there was faith—which is childish; trust—which is vain; and illusion—which is dangerous. We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekhinah’s flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God’s image. That was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals.2
How could a good God exist in a world filled with such mindless cruelty? In the face of crippling evil, many have concluded with Wiesel that God is dead. If there truly was a good and powerful God, he would never permit such suffering and pain. Therefore, since evil exists, God does not.
The problem of evil is not a new one. In fact, it has been the cause of countless articles, lectures, and debates for centuries. Due to the prevalence and influence of evil, this is a problem that cannot be ignored. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to address the problem of evil from a Christian worldview. The first section will endeavor to delineate the problem, and the second section will seek to present a viable solution, viz., that God is good in decreeing evil because it results in his greatest glory and subsequently, his children’s greatest good.
The intention of this section is to bring the ambiguous problem of evil into full view by establishing the problem’s nature, complexity, and
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validity. A complete picture of the problem will lay the foundation for the discussion and set the course for an adequate response.
The Nature Of The Problem
Before any plausible solution to the problem of evil is identified, it is imperative that the nature of the problem be clearly defined and delineated. Historically, critics have presented the problem of evil using both deductive and inductive reasoning.
The Deductive Problem
In his book, The Miracle of Theism, J. L. Mackie contends that the existence of the G...
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