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Friday 5 September 2014

The paradox of Epicurus

Despite it being around for some time I have just come across the paradox of Greek philosopher, Epicurus who lived about three centuries before the Common Era began. It goes like thus:

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?

Those of a religious persuasion have, of course, come up with numerous fatuous responses to this problem but each of them only offers excuses based on the fallibility of a mankind granted free will. Such responses then beg the question of why God would create a less than perfect world? In fact WHY would He bother at all? Until the Bishops and Imams come up with some plausible answer to this  I cannot take them seriously and the world will go on warring whilst innocent people trying to make a living in a difficult world continue to be slaughtered in their God's name.
Shame on  all you modern day shamans with your supernatural beliefs and practices.

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