On God and Evil . . . Christian Apologists Play “Defense”

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part V It’s a “Mystery”      Rather than provide a blow-by-blow account of what Christian commentators have had to say elsewhere in respect to the issues covered in this series, I will simply focus on the two most resilient “defenses” apologists have had to offer when caught in a particularly difficult exegetical bind.      The first of these I find inherently dishonest and intellectually bankrupt. It is completely devoid of any real  quantitative substance. Yet, it is, without a doubt, one of the most…
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On God and Evil . . . God’s Evil Power

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part IV On God’s Evil Power      Have you ever wondered where Satan gets his extraordinary powers from? (Pssst, that’s him in the painting above disguised as Jesus! Damn  decent impersonation of him, wouldn’t you agree?) Okay, enough silliness. Back to the serious stuff.      It is rather clear that Satan couldn’t have created his evil powers himself. The Bible clearly demonstrates that it is God who created every  single thing in existence: God and God alone. “For by him…
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On God and Evil . . . What “Sinless” God?

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III What “Sinless” God?      There is a deeply-held religious conviction that God is utterly  incapable of doing anything evil, of being wicked, or of behaving “sinfully”; that He is simply unable to exhibit anything other than pure “holiness.” Evil is altogether absent from God’s heart, insist Christian commentators. God is all that is Good. He is without blemish. Sin is an anathema to God’s very being!      Really?      Well, if God actually thought-up  the concept of evil,…
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On God and Evil: About that “Tree of Knowledge”

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II About That “Tree of Knowledge”      The bible tells us that God planted a “tree of knowledge” right alongside normal fruit-bearing trees in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2:9). This “knowledge tree” gave the partaker of its fruit the ability to discern the difference between what is good and what is evil, with scripture once again pointing to that force which produces evil and wickedness, and which, as we have…
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On God and Evil . . . Yet Another Go-Around

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      After having undergone a rather strenuous evolution through the hands of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin writers down through the ages, the terms “Lucifer,” “the devil,” and “Satan” have come to symbolize a beguiling supernatural creature who Christians believe to be the very embodiment of “evil“.      One tradition holds that this creature was originally an angel esteemed highly by God who somehow transformed himself into a megalomaniac intent on usurping his Lord and Creator as Lord of the…
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The Origin of Evil: God’s Dirty Little Secret

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that “God” actually exists. Let us, then, go back in time; to the dawn of time; on a hypothetical journey to the time before time even began; to that time referred to in Scripture as “In the beginning.” At a certain point during our imaginary journey into preexistence, we will come across God deep in thought mulling over the idea of creating the very…
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Epicurus on God: An Unflinching Critique – Part II

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary The Origin of Evil   “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?”_Epicurus Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that God actually exists. Let us, then, go back in time; to the dawn of time; on a hypothetical journey to the time before “time” even began; to that time referred to in Scripture as “In the beginning”. At a certain point during our imaginary journey into preexistence we will…
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Epicurus on God: An Unflinching Critique – Part III

A Philosophical/Theological Commentary The Fundamentalist Viewpoint In the preceding subsection of this series we pointed out that if “God” truly exists and created every single thing in existence—both seen and unseen—then it necessarily follows that He created evil too. We also pointed out previously that Christians need only turn to Isaiah. 45:7; John 1:3; and Colossians 1:16 in their bible to see who Scripture ascribes the creation of evil to, prima facie. Yet so many…
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