Is Evil a Logical Defeater for God’s Existence?


Reflections

Philosophers have presented numerous arguments throughout history in attempts to either prove or disprove God’s existence.1A common challenge to God’s existence is the perpetual problem of evil. But does the existence of evil in the world logically defeat God’s existence? I hope this brief blog post will help you to discuss the argument and reason through the issue.

Adefeaterin logic is a belief which, if proved to be true, would logically imply that another belief is false. Let’s look at a common attempt to use the existence of evil as a possible defeater for God’s existence.

Chain of Reasoning
If the traditional God of theism exists, then:

1. God is omnipotent (all-powerful).
2. God is omnibenevolent (wholly good).
3. God is omniscient (all-knowing).

But:
4. If a divine being is omnipotent, it can do anything.
5. If a divine being is omnibenevolent, it always eliminates as…

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