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The presence of evil in the world seems to be the most prevalent source of religious doubt and skepticism in our society The traditional theistic view of God is that he is omni-present omnipotent omniscient and omnibenevolent However this presents a conflict with the existence of evil in our world Why would such a loving God allow so much pain and suffering Over the years both philosophers and theologians have tried to answer this question which seems to be at the very heart of the atheistic argument from evil There are two methods of approaching the argument logical and evidential I will argue that both of these forms of argument are irrelevant to the existence of a theistic God The logical argument claims that the existence of evil is logically incompatible with the existence of an omnibenevolent omnipotent God making theism impossible JL Mackie argues from this standpoint and claims that the very nature of a theistic God is incompatible with the existence of evil In his article Evil and Omnipotence Mackie defines evil as any kind of pain and suffering which is the generally accepted definition of evil among philosophers He then presents the following premises 1God is omnipotent 2God is wholly-good 3Evil exists Mackie argues that these claims are logically incompatible with one another However he states that the logical inconsistency is not explicit and that further premises need to be drawn in order to support his position He derives the following two additional premises from the original premises 4God is opposed to evil in such a way that a good thing always eliminates evil as far as it can 5There are no limits to what an omnipotent being can do Mackie feels that these additional premises implicitly show that the theism is logically inconsistent He concludes that inevitably one of the key theistic concepts of God would have to be eliminated therefore annulling the theistic position 263-264 However in order for
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