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Name: University: Course: Tutor: Date: Final Exam Questions Q3. Explain Mackie’s presentation of the argument from evil. Explain some answers to the problems posed. Is Mackie right? Outline Introduction to the problem of evil: this section introduces the problem of evil by presetting the main ideas in the problem.
The paper concludes by giving a personal opinion on Mackie’s position regarding coexistence between God and evil. Introduction to the Problem of Evil The problem of evil is the greatest intellectual impediment to the belief in the existence of a supreme being, God. The big question that underlies this issue is that, if the idea of existence of an omnipotent being holds, then why is there evil in the world? The level of misery human beings around the world face is evidently immense. Evil dominates the world with men treating each other unjustly. Further, there are so many natural disasters rocking man’s life year in year out. These evil occurrence cast doubt over the existence of omnipotent God. This paper explores Mackie’s presentation of the argument from evil and explains some answers to the problems posed in a bid to determine whether or not Mackie is right. Mackie’s Presentation of the Argument from Evil J. L. Mackie (1917-1981), an Australian philosopher, in 1955 developed a popular deductive reasoning from evil. Mackie’s argument was based on two postulations. First, there exists an omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnibenevolent (all-good) God. Second, there is suffering or evil in the world. Mackie argued that the two propositions are inconsistent. ...
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