Thursday, July 27, 2017

J.P. Moreland on the Existence of Evil

"I think that far from counting as evidence against God’s existence, evil actually provides evidence for God. How? Evil is when things aren’t the way they are supposed to be or are the way they aren’t supposed to be. You can’t have real evil without there being a real way things are and are not supposed to be. But, again, this distinction is clear to me if there is a God. But if God does not exist, things just are. There is no way that things are supposed to be. Stuff happens and that’s the end of the matter."1

Courage and Godspeed,

1. As quoted by "The Poached Egg" here.

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Bob S said...

Exactly--stuff happens and that's the end of the matter. No need for God.

Chad said...

Hello Bob S.,

Thanks for the comment.

One form of the the moral argument for God's existence is as follows:

1. If God does not exist, objective moral truths do not exist.
2. Objective moral truths exist.
3. Therefore, God exists.

It seems from your comment that you accept P1. If there is no God, "stuff happens and that's the end of the matter." This is certainly consistent with many other atheists, but certainly not all.

What about P2?


Edward T. Babinski said...

If humans came up with lists of things they liked and disliked, loved and feared, hoped for and despaired of, wouldn't humans also be the ones to come up with the words "good" and "evil" as enormous generalizations?