The Problem of Evil
A problem for religious believers
God is omnipotent (all-powerful)
God is omnibenevolent (all-loving)
There is evil in the world
Either God does not exist or there is no evil in the world
This is known as the inconsistent triad - three things which cannot all be true at the same time, because:
If God is omnipotent, then he has the ability to prevent evil, so why doesn't he?
If God is omnibenevolent, then he must want to prevent evil, so why doesn't he?
If God is not omnipotent and omnibenevolent, then he is not really God
Evil clearly exists - we can all think of examples.
To solve the problem of evil, religious people have to provide an explanation of how the three premises on the left can all be true at the same time. Such a solution is called a Theodicy.Some possible arguments
If God and evil are to exist at the same time, then God must have a very good reason for permitting evil to exist. What might that reason be?
Evil exists:These arguments are not perfect solutions for believers, but do go some way to solving the problem.
as a punishment from God
as the work of the Devil
to preserve our Free Will
as a Test from God
as a means of Perfecting us
as the result of bad Karma
as the result of Desire
Which of these suggestions is addressed in the Spring extract of the film Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring ?
To research & explore:
The Problem of Evil in World Religions
The Journal of Religion & Film
at the university of Nebraska
no review of Spring yet, but plenty of others to research
© Mr.B at Woodford County High School