Tuesday, April 23, 2013
H1 Group 2 -- Law
Stephen Law on The Problem of Evil
Stephen Law says the two issues with the belief in God is the idea that "the existence of God is logically incompatible with the existence of any suffering or evil whatsoever" or the question of "why is there quite so much suffering and evil in the world?" He believes "the quantity of suffering is evidence that there is no God."
He believes that there is a scale of reasonableness to people's beliefs. The belief that there is a country called Japan is very reasonable, even though he has not seen it with his own eyes. The belief in intelligent life somewhere else in the universe is also reasonable to Law (obviously he hasn't studied much astronomy or heard Dr Klumpe teach on this matter haha). The belief in God is very unreasonable to him. Law believes the logic that theists use for arguing the existence of God are irrelevant. He thinks the design argument is no good and that free-will is also a bad explanation for evil. I disagree with Law, but à chacun le sien.
Law discusses his ideas of allowing philosophy in the school system in his blog. I thought it was very interesting. Click here ;)
DQ: Is the belief of an all-good God as plausible as an all-evil God?