Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Problem of God and Evil

I have not addressed "God and the Problem of Evil" yet on this blog, it is a very interesting argument (at least I find it so) but it can also get very detailed and complicated. I don't want to go in depth right now, but just give the lay theist who might find this blog a very powerful little tool to help them out if they are ever asked about this issue.

This tool is short and sweet and was first proposed by Rabbi Milton Steinberg, and it goes something like this:

"The believer in God has to account for the existence of two things: evil and suffering. The atheist has to account for the existence of everything else."

If one is intellectually honest, and one wants to use the problem of evil and suffering against God, then one must also acknowledge that all the good and just in the world can justifiably be used as evidence for God.