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Is Evil in the world a problem to you?

Revised:  Have you had someone say to you that the presence of evil in the world keep them English: Image of Alvin Plantinga released by ...from believing in a loving God.  But, I have to ask them if they have really thought it through.  For C. S. Lewis,  the issue of evil initially led him into atheism.  Later,  he began to reason that if there is no God, then there is no such thing as evil either.

The number one lie that Christians are often confronted with is the argument that evil, pain, and suffering prove that there is no God, says author and apologist Mark Mittelberg.

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Providing a rebuttal to the question of why God would allow evil can be challenging, said Mittelberg, who is the author of The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask and other books on defending the Christian faith.

The atheist view is that we, our being and our behaviors, are the products of biochemical reactions in our brains–even our morals and  societal mores are the results of biochemical reactions.  All our interactions are simply a result of biochemistry in our brains. Read more of this post


What is the Ontological Argument?

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Dean Zimmerman and Alvin Plantinga discuss the ontological argument for the existence of God. After Kant‘s, and others’, critiques of Anselm, most philosophers regarded the ontological argument as a failed argument for theism–perhaps useful for theology, but not useful for demonstrating that God exists. However, in the 20th Century, Alvin Plantinga and others reworked the argument by incorporating modal logic. Plantinga’s version of the argument, while often confusing to non-philosophers, is relatively uncontroversial among philosophers today in terms of its logic and conclusion. By admitting the possibility of God, a standard theorem of modal logic leads to the conclusion that God exists. Atheists are quick to respond by denying the possibility of God in order to side-step the argument’s conclusion. But is it rational to make such a bold claim? That God cannot possibly exist?

Have you personally experienced evil in your life?

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Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame

Dr Alvin Plantinga on experiencing evil. Yes, there is evil in the human heart–mine also. Let’s just face it and deal with it.

Why does a ‘loving God’ permit evil in our world?

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Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame

According to Dr. Plantinga there is congruence between a loving God and evil in the world.

What is the Bible’s answer for the ‘problem of suffering’?

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Dr. Alvin Plantinga gives us some different views of the problem of suffering here. What do you think about his explanation?

Why is there evil in the world?

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Alvin Plantinga

Here Dr. Alvin Plantinga, John A O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, approaches the subject.  You may not find this clip thoroughly satisfying but you have to admit he is honest.