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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

What you describe is called in theology and philosophy of religion "The problem of evil" and has been discussed by many theologians. A counter argument to the problem of evil is called a Theodicy. ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

Yes, some Christian Apologists such as Ravi Zacharias assert that the question itself is self-defeating: ...Whenever a person raises the problem of evil, they are implicitly also positing the ...
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Is the problem of evil due to a fallacy or a paradox?

This is not strictly speaking a contradiction, unless you add some premisses or formal definitions (such as: an omnibenevolent being does not want evil to exist, an omnipotent being makes what he ...
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Why is the 'problem of evil' considered so difficult?

I think why you're not seeing the problem is in what you're eliding with "superior Being". The (traditional) "problem of evil" only arises if we describe a being that is omniscient, omnipotent, and ...
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Is it not logical that anything that a holy God makes must be "less" than Himself?

Nice question, and not as easy to answer as one might think. I was struck by the following passage : Monotheists say the number of gods is 1....[T]he main way of arguing for the existence of ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

"It's been argued that God doesn't exist because there is so much evil in the world. For example, suppose a person is violently murdered - an innocent child say. They argue, God could have prevented ...
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What is a non-circular definition of evil?

Circular definition. The author freely uses terms like “harm,” “pain,” or “suffering” without defining those terms. That isn't what circularity is, though. If we want to define all the terms we use ...
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Are there any reasons why a religious believer would want to avoid a theodicy?

A theodicy implies a kind of questioning of god, & assumption we are fit to judge. So arrogance or hubris are risks. It's notable the Problem of Evil is far more peripheral to Judaism & Islam, ...
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If God created evil would that make Him evil or, the creator of evil?

Most if not all Christians would reject the antecedent you presented and instead simply say God gave us free will and we are free to choose to do things that he approves of (good) or disapproves of (...
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Is the problem of evil due to a fallacy or a paradox?

BUT IS THERE A CONTRADICTION ? Nelson Pike has a formal argument to reconcile the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent (perfectly good) God with the existence of evil in the ...
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Why do we punish crime?

There's several interlocking questions you're raising. First, there are three major theories of why we punish crime as a society. You've identified two: Reform - that the punishment is about ...
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Why is the 'problem of evil' considered so difficult?

Mystical spiritual minds and traditions would say that both good and evil are merely elements of the cosmic drama, and each has something to teach the evolving soul in its journey toward perfection. ...
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Is the problem of evil due to a fallacy or a paradox?

The statement "God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent" and "Evil exists in the world" is a contradiction. You yourself give the argument in the question. I do not know about a logical ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

My belief's are as follows: God wanted us to have a meaningful existence For existence to be meaningful, free will was necessary Free will implies the ability to make mistakes as well as the ability ...
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Is the problem of evil due to a fallacy or a paradox?

It's a paradox, and amusingly the self-contradiction is already there within just the first clause of the problem. To state that God (or anything) "is omnipotent" is a paradox by itself. Using the ...
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Does the free will interpretation of evil contradict God's omnipotence?

My concept of God is that it is not meaningful to describe the omnipotent God as bound by any human constructs of logic or any other mortal rule. Just doesn't make sense to say that "God must do this ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

...God doesn't exist because there is so much evil in the world. The implication being that if God is real and Righteous, it would prevent all unhappiness and grief by prohibiting evil from existence....
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What is a non-circular definition of evil?

For your consideration. The following theologist says (debatably, as you like) as soon as philosophy considers the question of evil it becomes theology. In ideal forms he says being begins in ...
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What is a non-circular definition of evil?

The psychiatrist M. Scott Peck in trying to construct a "psychology of evil" provides a "working definition" that he illustrates with case studies: (page 43) Evil, then, for the moment, is that ...
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Is evil a necessity?

Evil as an existential necessity - no Some word or concept pairings are logically connected : cause and effect, wife and husband, valley and mountain. Good and evil do not appear to fall within this ...
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What is a good book on the topic of evil in Buddhism?

Here is an example of usage in context: Protection Through Satipatthana (Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism) "Protecting oneself, one protects others" — the truth of this ...
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How does Ravi Zacharias' defence of the problem of evil jump from the need of a moral law giver to there being a God?

Let's summarize the argument as follows: Q - If God exists, why is there evil? 1 - How can we call something evil, with no moral standard? 2 - How can there be a moral standard, with no God? 3 - ...
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Is evil a necessity?

Is their differentiation possible only on the basis of the counterpart's existence? Here are some notes on how Hegel's phenomenology lays out evil as an immature state of being - a state of being ...
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Is it not logical that anything that a holy God makes must be "less" than Himself?

All Monotheistic theologies/philosophies struggle with this question. Monists have no problems with the question. The Advaita (monistic) philosophy says the question is illogical and cannot be ...
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Is the logical problem of evil still argued?

Consider the argument over this issue between Plantinga and Pike and see what we can adjudicate : For some fifteen years now, Alvin Plantinga has been offering the Free Will Defense (FWD) in ...
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Is the logical problem of evil still argued?

In contemporary philosophy, is Plantinga generally considered to have been successful in his attempted refutation of the logical problem of evil? Absolutely not. At best his argument could be ...
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Is the logical problem of evil still argued?

How do you define 'evil'? Is it a cause of negativity at every causal link, from every frame of reference? Such Divine Evil and Divine Good is not perceived on this plane - even wiping our all of life ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

Here is, I think, a counter argument to God not existing because there is evil. It is that God does exist because there is evil. God exists. God has made all things. Evil exists. Therefore God had a ...
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Are there any counter arguments to the claim God does not exist because there is evil in the world?

One of the most unique and influential responses to the problem of evil can be seen as underlying the Platonic and neo-Platonic philosophies. In essence, the concept is that only Good really exists, ...

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