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What are Christian responses to the Logical Problem of Evil?

Logical response The argument is unsound because premises 7 & 8 are false. The wording of premise 5 is suspect, but to defeat the argument I don't need to tackle the meaning of "Omnipotent&...
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What are Christian responses to William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Rowe is critiquing a god that nobody believes in. The defense of the first premise boils down to "I can't explain this, therefore I'm rational in believing an Omniscient God couldn't explain this ...
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How is God's judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

Comparing the representative democracy of America with the kingdom of God is an unparalleled category error. The entire reason American jurisprudence holds a person innocent until proven guilty is ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

There are three common landing points that most believers fall into: (personally I progressed in my own thoughts along all three and don’t think its of absolute importance as to which place a person ...
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What are Christian responses to William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Short rebuttal Correctly discerning whether "prevent[ing] the occurrence of any intense suffering" can be accomplished "without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

This question is answered directly in the text of the Bible. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. ...
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Why did God allow for the original Biblical manuscripts to be lost to history? And how to reconcile that with Matthew 24:35

"the modern Bibles are bounded (sic) to have contradictions because of copyist errors and translation errors." The premise of the question is insubstantial. I am assuming the question ...
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How does Mormonism (the LDS Church) answer "the problem of evil"?

The problem with the Problem of Evil is that aside from the stated points, it also includes an unspoken premise that this life is all that matters. If that premise is true, then the Problem of Evil ...
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Why did God create people who would reject him?

Several ways of answering this are possible, some of them less pleasing to the ears, others less pleasing to the mind, and all of them depending on your view of foreknowledge, free-will, and the '...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

You're switching your morality definitions between your premises. One counter to your premises that shows this comes from divine command theory which, essentially, states that God's will is the ...
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How does Mormonism (the LDS Church) answer "the problem of evil"?

Part of the "Problem of Evil" from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's perspective is that following the logic of the Problem of Evil was Satan's plan before this life (cf. ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

To paraphrase an idea from Dale Renlund, God does not simply want us to be well-behaved pets in the celestial living room, but to be full heirs of His glory (see Romans 8:17). This life, then, is a ...
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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

This is an important question, whether or not particular words are used; whether or not similar questions have already been asked on Stack. This answer starts from the negative, seeking to work ...
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Why do bad things happen to the innocent?

people will inevitably fall through the cracks Eternally? No. Not if they are repentant. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:11) You might as well ask why Jesus, ...
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How is God's judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

I write from a reformed, Calvinist point of view which includes three things: I believe in the complete sovereignty of God in all things, he does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth (Isaiah 46:...
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Why did God allow for the original Biblical manuscripts to be lost to history? And how to reconcile that with Matthew 24:35

Because humans are stupid. If we had an original manuscript we would treat it like the Snake that Moses lifted up and worship it. Hezekiah had to have it melted down. Thus it's really better we don't ...
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How do Christians justify lack of God's intervention during events where neonates get killed?

Summary While God does not do miraculous divine intervention in most sufferings it does NOT mean He should do so. What you ask is a theodicy, which many Christians have attempted. In the next ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

For all have sinned.... The first part of the answer is that in the absence of Christ's death on the cross, justice demands that all humanity suffer eternal torment because of our sins. Thus fairness ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, why should they be punished in Hell and not be given more merciful alternatives?

The question is similar to Abrahams appeal to the lost in Sodom. Abraham does not want God to destroy the whole city but pleads for mercy: Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away ...
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What is the Reformed Protestant view of Theodicy?

The author below is of the Reformed Protestant school and referred to theodicy in this way: "Shifting the focus from our own sin to God (ontology and metaphysics) is one of the sources of ...
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How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?

Evil is defined as 'contrary to God's will' ergo it is impossible for God to be evil and his having free will has no effect on this. The point often at issue is in fact this definition of evil. ...
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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

Theodicy is an explanation for the existence of evil, and why it exists in the universe that God created. Skeptics and unbelievers cast aspersions on God, postulating that God--if he exists!--cannot ...
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What is the consensus within Christianity regarding the application of infinite punishment in response to finite sin?

The enormity of the response to sin is measured by the Person sinned against. A life spent in sin is a wasted existence and an affront to the Creator who gave the gift of existence. And, further, and ...
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Is the worship of God coerced?

It is sad that you think there is no good reason to worship God other than what I presume is your fear of death and its aftermath. And sad, too, that you feel ungrateful for life itself, simply ...
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Why do bad things happen to the innocent?

Let's start with the premise of your question: Why do bad things happen to the innocent? Is this even valid? We don't know... because humans aren't innocent. We all share in Adam's Fall. We are all ...
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What are Christian responses to William Rowe's formulation of the Evidential Problem of Evil?

Rowe's first premise is easily falsified. It is very clear to any student of the Scriptures that God regards things like greed, lust, hate, and pride to be worse than the physical acts (theft, ...
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According to Christian evolutionists, how can the suffering of evolution be reconciled with a loving God?

Overview There are two ways the term "Christian evolutionist" may be understood. One is to see change in the animal kingdom through the lens of the Bible. The other is to see change through ...
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What explanations do Christian theodicies offer regarding God's commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites, including their children?

Admittedly this is very difficult material which must nonetheless be dealt with rather than shoved under the carpet. It is always dangerous to put God in the dock without careful reading. These ...
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What explanations do Christian theodicies offer regarding God's commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites, including their children?

It is the fact of history that Adam and his progeny have erred and strayed like lost sheep, Psalm 119: 174-176. It is a fact that 'there is none righteous, no - not one', Romans 3:10-12,Psalm 14:1-3,...
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How do Christians justify lack of God's intervention during events where neonates get killed?

I could start by asking you to read carefully God's words to Job at the end of the book (Job 38-41). And you will see that you will not have another answer to God's question "Shall he that ...
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