Does the existence of evil, pain and suffering pose a serious objection to the belief that God exists? Is there a reason for why an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful divine being would allow such suffering? In this second talk in this series on the philosophical Problem of Evil, Leslie Allan will review just such a reason that is commonly offered by theists. This popular defence is that the existence of pain and suffering is necessary for the development of good moral characters and the performance of virtuous acts, such as bravery and charity. What do you think of this defence? Can it overcome objections? Come to this Meetup and share your views.
If you didn't attend the first talk, don't fret. The speaker will do a brief recap of his previous talk.
This talk is based on Leslie Allan's essay 'The Problem of Evil' at www.RationalRealm.com/philosophy/metaphysics/problem-of-evil.html
For background reading, check out:
'Logical Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/
'The Evidential Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-evi/
'The Problem of Evil' https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/ (more technical)
Your gold coin donation at the door to help cover costs is appreciated.
Balwyn Library is next door to McDonald's Balwyn. We're in Meeting Room 1 - enter from car park on right-hand (western) side of Library. Tram 109 runs from city to Box Hill. From city, get off at stop 48. From Box Hill, get off at Northcote Ave stop.