… is much more problematic than for theists. Which is not saying much: evil is no sort of problem for theists, once the nature of actuality is understood. What is actual must act – it’s right there in the term “actual” – so that if creatures are not able to err and so do evil, they cannot act, and so are not actual. Which is just to say that they are not, period full stop. There are actual creatures, who err, ergo etc. Thus if God was going to create *anything whatsoever,* he had no option in logic but to open the way to error, evil, sin, and death.
So, theists have no Problem with Evil, at least in respect to their theism.
Atheists are not so lucky.
If there is no God, then there is no such thing as evil. There may be things that this or that being does not *like,* but that’s it. The antelope might not *like* being devoured by the lion, but there’s nothing wrong with what the lion is doing in devouring him. Likewise, the Jew – or the Christian – might not *like* being picked out for immolation in some holocaust, but there is nothing really wrong with such persecutions. The persecutions are just stuff happening. No problem.
I’ve had atheists go on and on about the horrors of creaturely life – not at all inaccurately – but, on atheism, none of that horror is *really* horrible. It’s just stuff happening, and there can be no problem with it really. It is a problem only apparently – only, i.e., delusionally.
On atheism, there can be no such thing as evil, or therefore problems. There can be only “problems.” On atheism, there is no Problem of Evil, because there is no evil. Thus there is nothing whatever to which an atheist might object, on grounds transcendent to or therefore more suasive than those of his own private and nowise privileged preferences.
There is of course evil. Everyone knows this is true. That is why atheists throw evil at theism, as a problem to be solved; it is why they treat it as a problem, rather than a “problem.” Indeed, it is why theists take that problem seriously to begin with.
There is evil. Of course. Nobody who wants to be taken seriously could deny it with a straight face. To do so would be to insist that there could be no real problem with the rape and murder of his own little children, however badly he might feel about such a thing.
- ¬ God → ¬ evil.
- ∃ evil.
- ¬ ¬ God.
I wrote that “atheists are not so lucky.” But luck has really nothing to do with it, no? The atheists *choose* their misfortune. That’s what happens when you put God to the test. Luke 4:12. Wager on anything but God, and you win death. Romans 6:23.