Tag Archives: Evil

Friday Phraseology: Theodicy

Theodicy: An answer to the problem of *evil that attempts to “justify the ways of God to man” by explaining God’s reasons for allowing evil. Two of the more important theodicies are the “soul-making theodicy,” which argues that God allows evil so as to make it possible for humans to develop certain desirable virtues, and the “free will theodicy,” which argues that God had to allow for the possibility of evil if he wished to give humans (and angelic beings) *free will. Theodicies are often distinguished from defenses, which argue that it is reasonable to believe that God has reasons for allowing evil even if we do not know what those reasons are.

Evans, C. Stephen (2010-03-17). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion: 300 Terms & Thinkers Clearly & Concisely Defined (The IVP Pocket Reference Series) (p. 114). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.


Sabbatum Excerpt: John Hick on Evil

“In the Christian scriptures, the climax of this history of evil is the crucifixion of Jesus, which is presented not only as a case of utterly unjust suffering, but as the violent and murderous rejection of God’s Messiah. There can be no doubt, then, that for biblical faith, evil is unambiguously evil, and stands in direct opposition to God’s will.” [1]


[1] “John Hick: There Is a Reason Why God Allows Evil.” Philosophy: The Quest for Truth. Ed. Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn. 7th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 122-23. Print.

Saturday Quote: Ravi Zacharias on Evil Explained on the Cross

“Mahatma Gandhi made the comment that of all the truths of the Christian faith, the one that stood supreme to him was the cross of Jesus. He granted that it was without parallel. It was the innocent dying for the guilty, the pure exchange for the impure. This evil cannot be understood through the eyes of the ones who crucified him, but only from eyes of the Crucified One. It is the woman who has been raped and not the rapist who understands what rape is. It is the one who  has been slandered who understands what slander is, not the slanderer. It is only the One who died for our sin who can explain to us what evil is, not the skeptics. The cross points the way to a full explanation.”[1].


[1] Ravi Zacharias, Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007), 205. Print.

Carter Conlon’s Sermon Followed by 9/11/2001

On the first Sunday following the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, Carter Conlon delivered this soul-stirring message at Times Square Church in Manhattan. The sermon was titled, “Run For Your Life” and it is certainly worth the effort to listen to it in its entirety. Visit braveheartedgospel to access the sermon MP3.

Paul Copan on the Problem of Evil

Tomorrow, the USA as a nation is going to commemorate the day as a Memorial Day – the day around 3000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in the Twin Towers in New York City and Pentagon in September 11, 2001. The whole nation mourned and shocked in disbelief that the most powerful nation in the world was under heinous terrorist attack. People from all walks of lives questioned how that could have happened! Followed by the 9/11 incident, Christian faith on the existence of good, powerful, and benevolent God was put under fire. Our faith was challenged. Many Christian ministers and apologists were posed with the classical questions about the existence of God and the problem of the evil in academia as well as invited to debate in public.

In this video, Paul Copan, a Christian theologian, apologist, analytic philosopher and author provides a brief summary of the problem of evil and answers to the questions how good God can allow something evil happen in the world if He is all-powerful and all-good.