The problem of evil

The problem of animal pain is widely taken to be the most difficult version of the Problem of Evil, and the best argument against God’s existence.

Theist philosophers usually argue that (1) there may be some outweighing good that we just can’t know about; (2) a universe containing some gratuitous suffering is still worth creating, and God will create all such universes; or (3) actual animal sufferings don’t serve any greater purpose, but if God were to eliminate them, some other evil would take their place. None of these attempts ultimately works.


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