Possibly the biggest reason for unbelief in God comes from the problem of evil. It definitely creates the strongest emotional case for unbelief. But intellectually speaking, the famous “problem” has been deliberated in classrooms and streets since the golden age of ancient Greece. In the last 50 years, much progress has been made on the problem of evil. Its seems now, what was once a serious argument against Christianity, founders.
Our 1st goal is to show that the best formulations of the problem (logical problem, probabilistic problem, and the external problem of evil) fall short of showing that God’s existence is logically impossible and improbable. Instead the existence of evil, even unnecessary and extreme evil, provide a robust case for God’s existence and the truth of Christian theism.
Our 2nd goal is to show that an atheist’s first problem, before they present the problem of evil to the Christian or theist, is to explain how and why they speak of anything as objectively evil (even though they can live good lives and do real objective good). That without a moral standard or some sort of ethical theory (something more than subjective opinion about what is and is not moral), the atheist has no grounding for expressions of what is and is not evil. The new atheism offers no objective basis for the existence of moral notions such as good and evil. Appeals to evil as illusory or evil as understood in light of evolutionary caused adaptations, fail. As we shall see, if real objective evil exists, evil actually provides compelling case for the existence of God.
Join host Jeremy Livermore and guests Steve Tsai, Harry Edwards, and Sam Welbaum for 1 hour as we discuss this extremely intriguing topic.