Is God responsible for evil, many Arkansas Times bloggers say yes!!(Part 1)

Here are some of the thoughts of Arkansas Times bloggers on the subject of God and the source of evil:

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Where does it all come from, the killings, lies, starvation, pestilence?

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
Isaiah 45:7

Posted by eLwood on June 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM | Report this comment

Ok, let me get this straight. When churches put up ads, there is no fear from atheist vandals. When Atheists want to put up ads, there’s an overwhelming fear of Religious vandals?
Posted by FatSalmon on June 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM | Report this comment
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It’s not a causal link, but it could shown the mere absence of Christianity doesn’t cause a society to descend into immoral chaos.
Posted by juju2112 on June 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM | Report this comment
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(Here I agree with “juju2112” because I personally knew people like Dr. John George who was a very moral agnostic.)
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Thank you juju2112.Most (all?) conservative denominations maintain that there can be no morality without religion. It is they that maintain there is a direct link between immoral behavior (with murder as my example) and the absence of religious belief.
Posted by Arkie on June 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM | Report this comment

From the atheist perspective, the lies and killings and starvations and pestilence come from man and nature.

Even if there were no religions, you would still have that, and more. Even here, where there is the mix of atheist and liberal christian, I have noted and observed the blood thirsty desire to kill, hang and starve others merely for being or thinking different from this herd.

Posted by Steven E on June 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Report this comment
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Let me take on “Steven E” first because he makes some good points.

March 15, 2011

The Problem of Evil is Everyone’s Problem

Japan-tsunami-2011-495x278 The Japan tsunami inevitably raises profound questions about God and evil.  But in this discussion, it is important to realize every worldview, not just Christianity, must explain evil.  Christians are often on the defense with regards to this objection, yet the tables can be turned on the atheist, with his naturalistic worldview in tow.  Given naturalism, what is evil and how does the atheist make sense of it?

Famous British philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell once commented, “No one can believe in a good God if they’ve sat at the bedside of a dying child.”  Now, I agree that sitting at the bedside of a dying child is a heart-wrenching situation not to be treated simplistically or in a cavalier manner.  Providing pat answers and quoting Romans 8:28 over and over will not suffice.  But what of Russell’s response?  What can the atheist say to the dying child?  Or to the Japanese parents whose child disappeared in the flood waters?

  •  “In the grand scheme of the universe your suffering is utterly meaningless–life and all that comes with it has no transcendent meaning or value.”
  •  “Your suffering is completely pointless since there is no purpose to any of this anyway.”
  •  “Fortunately, you will soon die and return to dust.”
  • “Take heart, you will soon pop out of existence forever and your suffering will be over.”
  • “Stuff like tsunamis just happen.”
  • “Bummer.”

 
Or let’s try the actual words of Russell:

  • “Brief and powerless is Man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure dooms falls pitiless and dark.”
  •  “Blind to good and evil…omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way.”
  • “…no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave…”
  • “…all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system…”
  • “Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins…”

Hmmm…not too comforting in the face of real tragedy & sorrow. Not only does atheism lack the intellectual resources to account for evil, it also lacks the emotional/psychological resources to bring hope and redemption to a world corrupted by both moral and natural evil.  Russell’s own words certainly clarify the absurdity of life without God.

Make no mistake, the problem of evil is not just a problem for Christianity–it is a problem for all worldviews because evil is fundamental to our human experience.  If any worldview is to be considered plausible it must provide us with the intellectual and existential resources to deal with this issue.

Posted by BrettKunkle at 09:51 AM in AA:Brett, Apologetics | Permalink

 

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