Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On “Epicurus and the Problem of Evil”

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I ran across an article discussing this statement almost exactly a year ago and as I've read it multiple times since I thought I’d share it. Convicting and encouraging it brings me to my knees with thanks for the mercy of God.

Here’s the link:

It’s fairly short, easy reading–and fascinating. If you have time afterwards, pop back here and let me know what you think of it!


  1. Very interesting article I am truly curious of knowing what was his true meaning and perception of evil back in those ancient times. Thank you for sharing .

    1. Good point, Laura! I guess we would have to say it's a manifestation of God's common grace that an unbeliever can even *see* the evil around him at all. At the same time, ever since the fall, mankind has known-deep down-that something's wrong with the world. But yet we don't want to say (with G.K. Chesterton), "I am what's wrong with the world." A riddle like Epicurus' really blatantly shows up our root of pride...as we think to sit in judgment on God.

      And you're welcome! Thanks for reading it! :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing, Heidi; I honestly enjoyed reading that. I've always thought that it just boils down to the fact that we have to accept that humans--or human nature, rather--is evil, or sin. Therefore, to eliminate evil, God would need to eliminate humans, and that defeats our entire purpose for existing.

    1. You're welcome, Joanna, and thank you for commenting! And yes, it's amazing. To think that we messed everything up by refusing to walk in God's ways and then-instead of obliterating us (which He had every right to do)-He actually went and died for it all Himself, reinstating us as sons of God. It's stunning.


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