Essay by ub_decathleteCollege, UndergraduateA+, March 2006

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The concept of religion is one that has been around as long as man has. Different people, from different parts of the world all claim that they have their own deity, an all-mighty God whom they can confide in and rely on when things in their life become difficult. Although this allegation would be a comforting one to believe in, I cannot say that it is a universally felt warmth. The belief in God is not collective, because there are people all over the world who do not believe in God. This conflict lead philosophers to engage in a debate, which is quite possibly the most personal and heated debate in philosophy: the problem of evil. The problem of evil poses the question, "if God exists, how can so much evil exist in the world today?" By analyzing the parts of this question, we find nothing but inconclusive evidence for both the fact that God does, or does not exist.

Neither theists nor atheists can derive a strong enough argument or statement about God to prove, or disprove Gods existence.

First, we must understand some of the argumentation for the problem of evil. There have been many arguments written for the problem of evil, and the one specifically which I would like to examine :

1. A good God would destroy evil.

2. An all-powerful God could destroy evil.

3. Evil is not destroyed.

4. Therefore, there cannot possibly be such a good and powerful God.

This argument is flawed because of its extensive use of ambiguous and relative terms. In the first premise, the word good is used to describe a God. What is the concept of good? This is a difficult question, because the word good is relative. What I believe to be good,