The Free Will Defense: A Good God vs The Problem of Evil [1:56]


BBC’s quick discussion explains the several difficult concepts in a comprehensive and concise way.  First the video discusses the varieties of evil, namely moral and natural evil.  It then discusses the classic Problem of Evil that the omnipotent, benevolent, and omniscient God of Abraham.  It ends with the Free Will defense and why it ultimately fails.

Discussion Questions

  • What are the two kinds of evil that the video brings up?
  • What is the Problem of Evil?  And why is it important for the Christian God?
  • What is the Free Will defense?  Why does it not ultimately work?
  • What are some other explanations of The Problem of Evil?

Keywords: philosophy, free will, God, Christianity, problem of evil, theodicy, suffering, atheism


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