I played Baseball growing up. Pitching was by far my favorite position in the game because it was a challenge for me to think strategically about every batter I competed against. For instance, I knew the first batter was the most consistent hitter on the team and usually the fastest runner. Therefore, I would throw Fastballs… Read More Meet Sam the Skeptic
There are two types of evil and suffering in the world. Moral evil as a result of free choices (murder, violence, greed) and suffering as a result of natural disasters (tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes). Since moral evil is a result of independent choices that humans make, it’s possible to convince a skeptic that it’s not God’s fault. However, how… Read More Why Does God allow Natural Disasters?
Alvin Plantinga, an American analytic philosopher and professor at the University of Notre Dame, argues that it’s logically possible for God to be all-powerful and all-loving and still allow moral evil in the world. His main contention is called “The Free Will Defense.” Here is his argument. “A world containing creatures who are significantly free… Read More The Free Will Defense to Explain the Problem of Evil
1. Accidental suffering and evil – A pastor is cutting his front lawn. He looks up from his task just in time to see his neighbor back out of the garage–right over his three year old son, who had been hidden from the rear view mirror. The pastor runs over to assist the panicked father… Read More THE MEANING OF SUFFERING IN A BROKEN WORLD