Assumptions: Problem of Evil and Phillips et Essay

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If the atheist acknowledged a problem with evil, he would then be required to give an explanation as to what evil was or is. He would need to give an account as to the basis of evil, which he would ultimately be required to explain the existence of God. Further, the atheist asks, “if there is a god” why would he tolerates such evil in the world. He would then be required to acknowledge and explain what good is in the world; you cannot have one without the other.
Since the pantheist, believe there is no difference between good and evil and that everyone is “god-like” then good and evil must be an illusion. Because the thought of evil contaminates the existence of god, of course this would be the biggest problem that pantheist have with evil. Phillips et, al, states “the problem with evil is not answered by identifying it as an illusion. It has simply been shifted to a difference level” (p. 152).
The agnostic’s position gives the impression to be more of a concept than a religion. So it appears that they would not be bothered with presence of evil because it is all an illusion and since they cannot know what they do not have knowledge of, it means nothing. In addition, it seems like they would rather live and let live because existence or nonexistence of god is not too terribly important to them they would rather live life with worldly beliefs and illusions. Phillips et, al, point out “the origin of the illusion of evil requires just as cogent an explanation as real evil does” (p. 152).
For the Christian, understanding of the problem of evil in our world as a whole can be quite troubling and ominous. However, through a correct understanding of God’s word we can and should conclude that the evil we see and hear about daily is a direct result of the fall of humankind; that has had overwhelming destructive consequences. Genesis 3 in its entirety explains the natural and moral evils in our