on free will and evil

This is a bit of a diversion from the usual posts, but I had a conversation about this with a friend and it stuck with me. It started with the Epicurus

“Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?” — Epicurus, as quoted in2000 Years of Disbelief

My take on this, though not entirely original, is this.

  • Evil, however you define it, did not exist before “humans”. (the quotes are there to acknowledge the blurry evolutionary boundaries of our species)
  • God (if we’re assuming there is one for the sake of this proof) can either maintain a world with no evil, or “create” a being with the free will to choose evil.

Having the ability to choose, means having the ability to choose wrong.


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engineer and armchair philosopher
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