Sin noticias de Dios(2001)
History’s a……deaf man answering questions no-one’s asked.
Remember: God wishes all ills
to cease, but he can’t do it…
he’s weak, or else…
…he can do it, but doesn’t..
…which means he’s evil,
or he doesn’t…
…or can’t, so he’s weak and
evil and therefore is not God.
John Wesley On the Origins of Evil
One of the more important questions ever confronted by Christian theologians has been how to reconcile the idea that God is loving, good, and just with the presence of evil in the world. The Greek Epicurus summarized the issue well when he asked, “What is the cause of evil?” In answering this question he concluded:
God. . . either wished to take away evils, and is unable; or He is able, and is unwilling; or He is neither willing nor able, or He is both willing and able, which alone is suitable to God, from what source then are evils? or why does He not remove them?2
Epicurus maintained that the existence of evil is logically inconsistent, and self-contradictory with the Christian belief that God is good, all-knowing, and all-powerful.3 That, in brief, is the issue of theodicy, which literally means “the justice of God.”4 The presence of evil in the world appears to place the Christian doctrine of a just and loving God into a no-win situation.
If evil did not arise from creation, “Unde malum?”, or “Whence came evil?” For Wesley, evil was caused only by the will