PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Written Assignment # 3
The Problem of Evil
Directions: Write a 1-2 page
response to the following questions on the problem "evil" poses for traditional
1. Carefully consider the challenge to the existence of the
theistic God posed by the problem of
evil. Does the fact of evil or the amount
of evil in the world count against the hypothesis that God exists? Provide
reasons for your answer.
2. What do you make of the suggested solution that God is limited
and is either not omniscient (all-knowing) or omnipotent (all-powerful), and
therefore is not ultimately responsible for the amount of evil in the world?
Does this view solve the problem of evil? Or does it merely extinguish the
concept of the sovereign, theistic deity?
3. Do you think that any plausible theistic response to the
problem of evil must rely somehow on a greater-good
line of reasoning? Why or why not?
4. Is evil and suffering less problematic for the non-theistic
religions (Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, etc.) than for the theistic religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity)? Is evil and
suffering less problematic for the atheist
than for the theist?
5. A theodicy (justification or defense of God) which focuses on a future existence of
heavenly bliss seems to stress patience or endurance in the face of earthly
suffering and adversity. Is this response to evil appropriate or satisfactory?
What are the practical implications of this view for life here and now? Are
these implications acceptable or not?