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How Does Evil Present a Challenge to Religious Faith? (20) The problem of evil has been a challenge for religious faith for thousands of years with various philosophers coming up with various explanations to explain why evil exists in world created by God. The history of man has not been one that many are proud of. Wars, genocide, poverty and child abuses are examples of bad events that have been with and are still with us today. If one was to say two comments the first being that 'God is omnipotent and the benevolent creator of all things' and then say 'there is evil in this world' it creates a problem. How can the God of classical theism allow evil in his creation? He has supreme power and has in his power the ability to do anything that we can conceive of and more. ...read more.


If he couldn't he would not be all-powerful. Many would say that there is evil in the world and can take different forms. There is moral evil, which stems from human nature and the working of their minds, this could include terrorism which causes death to innocent men, women and children. This is a common form of evil and everyone has experienced some malice to them, which they would consider an evil act. How can man, the pinnacle of Gods creation fall so much from grace and inflict so much harm on his fellow man. Why did God create men capable of such evil potential such as Hitler or Bin Laden? There is natural evil, which comes from the suffering natural hazards bring for example forest fires, volcanoes and earthquake. ...read more.


Many would say that the God of classical theism is incompatible with the state the world is in and that the philosophy of God's nature or even his very existence needs revising. Other philosophers use a range of explanations that keep in the boundaries of an all-loving, powerful and knowing God and still explain the existence of evil. Many people after an evil act has been bestowed upon them turn away from a so-called God that loves them. Atheism is fast becoming a dominant viewpoint in Western societies such as Britain. This takes the idea of evil out the question as 'things just happen' with no purpose or divine end. On the other hand Islam is growing support at a staggering level and the fundamentalist Christians are prominent in many areas of America. They clearly see evil as a problem that does not test their faith to the extent of doubt so to many the problem has been answered acceptably by philosophers throughout the ages. ...read more.

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