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problem of evil

a theological problem that arises for any philosophical or religious view that affirms the following three propositions: (1) God is almighty, (2) God is perfectly good, and (3) evil exists. If evil exists, it seems either that God wants to obliterate evil and is not able to-and thus his almightiness is denied-or that God is able to obliterate evil but does not want to-and thus his goodness is denied.

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