Epicurus On Why Is There Evil

1. God is essentially both omnibenevolent and omnipotent.
2. Evil exists in the world.

3. God is able to prevent evil, but is not willing to do so;
4. Then God is not omnibenevolent.

5. God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to do so;
6. Then God is not omnipotent.

7. God is either omnibenevolent or omnipotent (from 3, 4, 5, 6).
8. God is not both omnibenevolent or omnipotent (contra 1).

Epicurus (341-270 BCE), Greek philosopher and founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism

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