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Misotheism, or Maltheism is a belief that a God or gods exist, and that they are evil, malicious, incompetent, or otherwise the cause of the suffering of humanity.

  • Gnostics are semi-Maltheistic, as they believe the material world was created by an imperfect, evil sub-god named Ialdabaoth.
  • The Church of the SubGenius often has a strong maltheistic streak to its deities.
  • The fictional writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft were maltheistic, in that the godlike alien beings he depicted were, at best, indifferent to humanity--and drawing their attention could be catastrophic.

"This world, for aught he knows, is very faulty and imperfect, compared to a superior standard; and was only the first rude essay of some infant deity, who afterwards abandoned it, ashamed of his lame performance: it is the work only of some dependent, inferior deity; and is the object of derision to his superiors: it is the production of old age and dotage in some superannuated deity; and ever since his death, has run on at adventures, from the first impulse and active force which it received from him."

David Hume

"I devoted my first childish literary trifle, my first written philosophical exercise, to [the origin of evil]—and so far as my “solution” to it at that time is concerned, well, I gave that honour to God, as is reasonable, and made him the father of evil."

Friedrich Nietzsche [1]


God commanded atrocities in the Old Testament. In Genesis, God regretted creating humans. Genesis 6:6 Bible-icon.png God also messes up Job's life to make a point to Satan.

Fred Phelps and other similar Christians believe that God creates some people foreknowing that they are predestined be damned and creates such people because he wants to damn them. God is also perfectly good because good is by definition what God wants. This is not maltheism in strict logics but when words are used in the human sense it comes close to maltheism. [2]

The movie Noah portrays god in a misotheist way at times.

Jesus casts out demons into a herd of pigs, causing them to stampede and drown. This action seems rather malevolent from the point of view of the pigs and pig farmer.


  1. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface, aph. 3
  2. Adapted from RationalWiki
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