Monday, October 29, 2012

Don't hit me with any Epicurean trilemas before I've had my coffee!

So my oldest Minion,now in college decides to call me up before class and lay this one on old Dad:   

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” - Epicurus [341–270 B.C.]
Epicurus was a philosopher in ancient Greece who apparently spent a lot of time in his garden thinking up stuff like this, instead of working for a living.

 "I'm bored, therefore I philosophize." 

 So summoning up my best before-Coffee answer, I gave him: 
 God chose to give man freewill. Man creates evil, not God. There is no evil in the natural world only in the man-made world. God decided to allow evil when he decided to give man freewill. God could easily remove evil from mankind but in doing so he would have to control man. apparently, controlling man is not Gods intention. 

 Basically that's all I had. 

 I'd love to go back to the days when he asked me questions like: How do light bulbs work?