Friday, April 27, 2012

Theodicy without words

I recently found this disturbing picture titled "Theodicy Without Words."  


I am very troubled by the problem of evil.  Many people, such as Bart Ehrman, found atheism for the same reason, so I am not alone.  Theodicy attempts to resolve the evidential problem of evil by reconciling God's traditional characteristics of omnibenevolence, omnipotence and omniscience with the occurrence of evil in the world.  

However, no explanation for moral or physical evil has ever made sense to me.  Traditional explanations, such as free will, effectively require of the suffering depicted in this picture.

Like Ivan Karamazov, I reject a God that apparently built this world a foundation of suffering.  As in Ursula Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (read it here), I cannot accept a plan of happiness for a few that is conditioned upon so much misery, however temporary.

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