Jun 22, 2008

God and the Problem of Evil: Unpacking and Repacking

The following is an outline for the discussion on the logical problem of evil and God. I will be populating this post with links as I have time to write. Please do not comment on this short post, because I will be deleting it and re-creating it to keep it as the forerunning outline.

The Problem of Evil

The Logical Problem of Evil: Hume and Flew

Roots and Underlying Assumptions: What led to this Problem?

Old Assumptions Anew: Finding a Solution

Resolution to the Logical Problem of Evil

Comments on Theodicy and the Pragmatic Problem of Evil


Rachel J. said...

You may have noticed that I gloss over the nitty gritty-ness of the details you make mention of, and emphasize the spirit of your entries. I am not that learned in different philosophers, and so I cannot wax in that way. Sharing the same faith as you, and being a serious student-of-life, I can totaly pick up what you are puttin' down. I do not need to use my intellect to inhance my spirituality. It is actually the other way around. I think that is the way everyone works..whether they know it or not.

It is only by the enlightening of the spirit that the truth of things are understood. (If anyone has a hard time with this statement...I am open to remarks and retorts.)

Mikha'el said...


I think you would enjoy my first blog post. See what you think:

Diogenes said...

Whether you choose to believe in God or not, I think it unwise to leave everything to spirituality. Mikha'el and I have both noted that human beings enjoy worship, almost regardless of the form it takes.

It may very well be true that God is only knowable through spiritual "manifestations," but history easily demonstrates that spiritual feelings are often misleading. With that in mind, we ought to back our spiritual convictions with solid intellectual reasoning.

Rachel writes, "It is only by the enlightening of the spirit that the truth of things are understood." Supposing that God exists and that He is knowable only through the spirit, I would write, "We come to know truth only through spiritual enlightenment, well-grounded by rational thought."

Of course, some would argue that spiritual thought is itself irrational.

Maggie said...

Mikh'el, I hope the rest of your outline will be forthcoming sooner rather than later, particularly the "Resolution to the Logical Problem of Evil." Maybe you've got the words I've been looking for after having had the discussion on the "Logical Problem of Evil" one too many times and not being able to come up with a satisfactory answer. Anxiously awaiting.

Mikha'el said...

Thank you, Maggie. I will return to posting shortly. I'm sorry for the delay.

I'm afraid my one man band only posts about once a week. I'll see what I can do to expedite the process. Thank you for your patience.