Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Philosophy of Evil

The philosopher Jacob Boehme concluded that the existence of evil is intrinsically necessary and unavoidable; it is ultimately rooted in the nature of God himself.

The arguments against the existence of God generally proceeds as such

1. If God exists, then there is no evil.
2. There is evil.
3. So, God does not exist. (from 1 & 2)


1a. A perfectly good being always prevents evil as far as he can.
1b. An omnipotent and omniscient being can do anything possible.
1c. So, if a perfectly good, omnipotent and omniscient being exists, he prevents evil completely. (from 1a & 1b)
1d. If God exists, then He is perfectly good, omnipotent and omniscient.
1e. So, if God exists, He prevents evil completely. (from 1c & 1d)
It follows from 1e that if God exists, then there is no evil--which is the premise

Fact: Evil exists. People actually worship whoever represents evil to propitiate him or her.

Lets see if my article on evil gets published.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting Logic. I remember seing a similiarly styled argument for proving 1=0 :)