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God and Evil - Epicurus

The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270BC) also thought that natural evil challenges our belief in God.


He reasoned: If God knows about our suffering (all-knowing), cares about our suffering (all-loving), and can do something about our suffering (all-powerful), then there shouldn’t be any suffering!

But hang on. Rather than challenging belief in God itself, perhaps Epicurus has only challenged one way to believe in God. You don’t necessarily have to understand all of God’s ways in order to believe in God.

Might the existence of natural evil challenge only rational belief in God, without challenging faith in God?

1. Perhaps you think that God might be reached through faith instead of reason.

2. Or perhaps you think that, whether we call it ‘faith’ or not, believing in God is still irrational and so we shouldn't do it.


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