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The Problem of Evil (Part 8) -- The Reasons to Believe #111

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Our Reasons to Believe Scripture verse for today is Acts 16:31. It reads, "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." 

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from E. Paul Hovey. He said, "Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Problem of Evil" part 8 from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli. 

This section will take up most of our time and space because this is where the problem begins, and therefore this is where it must end. We need to understand at least five key terms: evil, omnipotence, good, happiness and free will. The most important one for the problem of evil, of course, is evil. 


The two most common misunderstandings about evil that make the problem more difficult than it needs to be are (1) the tendency to see evil as a being and (2) the confusion between two very different kinds of evil, physical evil and moral evil. 

1. Evil is not a being, thing, substance or entity. This was Augustine's great breakthrough that liberated him from Manichaean dualism (the belief in two ultimate beings, one good, one evil). He realized that all being is good metaphysically, or ontologically, or in its being. For all being is either the Creator or his creature. He himself is good, and he declared everything he created good. And that is all the being there is.