In Part 1, the deductive form of the problem of evil is expressed while noting that atheists challenge Premise 1: “God exists, and is wholly good…” In this video, Dr. Greg Ganssle zooms in, as it were, on Premises 3 and 4 in order to solve the so-called contradiction inherent in the notions of both God and evil. Enjoy! This video is approximately 7 minutes.


  1. I’m not a big fan of Epicurus (bad assumptions), but the whole discussion of evil between atheists and deists is just, to me, so much mental masturbation. After all, how does man expect to ever prove or disprove the existence of God (with logic)? Certainly, not with science which cannot observe beyond space and time. Religion, on the other hand, would like the world to believe that they can know God. They, and they alone, can comprehend the incomprehensible (the Absolute). Deists even claim to know God better than other deists. How absurd. As for the problem of evil, the source of evil would certainly have to be a Prime Creator, assuming that one exists. Evil, like most everything else, is relative. That is, evil is presumably worse than good (assuming that you can get people to agree on the definitions of either). The whole question could be rendered moot, though, as evil could actually be a necessity of Creation for reasons that man could never understand.

  2. Thanks for posting this video. I think that it is important to think it through: the ideas behind our knowing who God “personally” and with some certainty that He is real. I think that many folks, specifically Jews and Christians, would not care to try and know who God is if they had not come into some kind of “contact” with Him. For Christians, knowing God or desiring to know Him stems from coming into “contact” with Christ and then sharing that experience [testimony] with others, which then spurred them on to want to know Him. So, the discipline or field of philosophy just tries to make sense of the “phenomena” of spiritual beliefs and other worldviews. Just me thinking out loud after seeing the comment left by “chicagoja”.

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