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The Problem of Evil and Its Solution

Categories: God Doctrine
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The problem of evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil in this world with an omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent God. The argument for the problem of evil goes as follows: We can see that evil exists in this world—cheating, misery and suffering, poverty, disease, etc. Why would God create a world in which this evil exists? Since He is omnipotent and omnibenevolent, therefore, He could have created a world devoid of evil, but since evil exists, He is either not omnipotent (that is, He was helpless in creating the evil world) or not omnibenevolent (He doesn’t care) or not omniscient (He isn’t aware of the misery in this world). Whichever position is adopted, the result is that God is either not omniscient, omnipotent, or omnibenevolent. The mere presence of evil is thus taken to be the refutation of God’s existence. In this course, we will discuss the Vedic philosophy response to this problem.

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Course Content

How the Soul is Created From God

  • The Vedic Doctrine of Creation
  • The Theory of Whole and Part
  • The Immanent Unmanifest Reference
  • Theory of Presence and Absence
  • The Process of Individuation
  • Active vs. Inactive Memories
  • The Soul’s Abuse of Free Will

First Answer to the Problem of Evil

Second Answer to the Problem of Evil

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