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GOD: new evidence


Is Evil Real?

(Beyond Ourselves #26)

What's in the series?      Previous: Can evolution account for right and wrong?       Next: A mistake we were born to make?

Is there real evil in the world? The philosopher Alvin Plantinga asks:

'Could there really be any such thing as horrifying wickedness, if naturalism is true?'

In other words, if we are just atoms and molecules, how can we explain the existence of evil? Plantinga goes on to say this:

'A naturalistic way of looking at the world… has no place for genuine moral obligations of any sort... There can be such a thing only if there is a way rational creatures are supposed to live, obliged to live.'

We have seen previously that if we are just atoms and molecules, it is impossible to explain genuine right and wrong.

So is there an alternative? Could right and wrong be pointers to something beyond ourselves?  Is it even possible that they point to the reality of God?

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