Kalam cosmological problem of evil
Kalam Cosmological Problem of Evil
- Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
- The Evil began to exist.
- Therefore, Evil must have a cause.
We know that evil is an abstraction, and for it to exist it must be cognized. Either God is the cause of this cognition (two faced pan-moral god -Hinduism) or God is not the cause of this cognition (two opposing forces of good and evil -Zoroastrianism) In Christianity, God knows all things. By virtue of this fact God is the creator of evil and the source of immorality.
If premise 2 is wrong, then Evil must have existed from the beginning
- Everything that did not begin to exist has no cause
- The Evil did not began to exist.
- Therefore, Evil does not have a cause.
Therefore if God exists either:
- He is the source of evil and therefore not omnibenevolent,
- He has an equally powerful rival power
- He is not omnipotent.
There is also the possibility that God did not know evil would be produced as a result of his creation (as compared to the pre-universe amount of 0.00%), however this god would not be omniscient. In any case, the traditional "omnimax" god of Christianity is disproven successfully.