The Problems of Evil and Suffering

This topic explores the concepts of evil and suffering in a created world, God’s responsibility for each, and man’s response.

  • the Problem of Evil – a definition;
  • what is evil? – examples and definition;
  • what is its nature? – impersonal force, a personal being, or psychological phenomena?;
  • where does evil originate?;
  • what questions does evil raise about God’s love, power and purpose?;
  •  how do religious believers resolve the problem of evil in terms of their beliefs, for example in terms of believing in an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God?;
  • how do/should believers respond in the face of evil?
  • the Problem of Suffering – a definition;
  • what are the forms of suffering?;
  • is suffering natural or man-made?;
  • in what ways is suffering unjust?;
  • has suffering any purpose?;
  • what questions does suffering raise about God’s love, power and purpose?;
  • the concept of karma as an explanation for evil in the world;
  • how do religious believers resolve the problem of suffering in terms of their beliefs, for example in terms of karma or believing in an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God?;
  • how do/should believers respond in the face of suffering?

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Podcast on the Nature of Evil

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