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Theism And Evil Essay

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The world today has presented us with many questions about God and the existence of life. We understand that much of our existence is yet in question, but we do have an astounding sense of morality. Some seek to ask the question why, others tend to feed off what has been scientifically proven and more have unveiled their trust in the unknown, yet we are left to debate and discuss our belief according to past events, miraculous powers and natural states. The most common confusion among the earth and its creatures are humanistic views in regards to our existence according to our belief in God. Of two generalized groups – naturalist and theist – arguments against and for God have been ...view middle of the document...

What is considered to be evil and what are evil actions? Without hesitation, one may define evil as any harm, pain, suffering, misfortune or wrong-doing; therefore, any activity involving any of the values listed are considered to be actions of evil. Next, we need to define what freedom is. Freedom is the "ability to act freely - a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses" (Encarta Dictionary). Therefore, human freedom of will has the possibility to include harm, pain, suffering,etc.
According to the Free Will Theodicy of Tom Morris, we must not appoint God as the doer of evil, but humanity. We are responsible for our actions and possible misuse of free will. "God is justified in wanting the universe to contain the great good of free-willed creatures, because freedom alone can produce virtue..." (Morris, p271). But if evil is defined as all harm, all pain, and all suffering, are humans not the virtuous creatures of God's creations? Can we not commit to virtuous actions without permitting pain? Can a dentist prevent disease without causing hurt? Are some of our actions fitting to evils but yet justified in accordance to freedom? In a realistic view, God cannot prevent evil without taking away our freedom. He could have created us to be puppets, and to only commit good will, but how can we measure in fact what is good? Even telling a child not to run into the street can harm their emotion because you're telling them something they shouldn't do, therefore qualifying that action of guidance to be evil. "Some evil is justifiably allowed as the price of free will" (Morris, p273).

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