The existence of evil, pain and suffering poses a very thorny problem for people who believe that an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful divine being watches over us. Many philosophers and theologians have offered reasons for why a God would allow suffering. But such reasons have not proved convincing.
A way out of the need to even provide a reason is to say that human beings do not have the intellectual capacity to comprehend the reason, even if it was disclosed. Is this strategy successful? In this final part of this series on the Problem of Evil, Leslie Allan will consider whether the Skeptical Theists' attempt to avoid the problem of evil only creates even bigger problems and paradoxes.
If you didn't attend the earlier talks, don't fret. The speaker will do a brief recap of his previous two talks.
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)
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