Epicurus’ Trilemma

Epicurus(1) If God is unable to prevent evil, he is not omnipotent.

(2) If God is not willing to prevent evil, he is not good.

(3) If God is willing and able to prevent evil, then why is there evil?

—Epicurus Trilemma
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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  1. Reminiscent of a line from "J.B." by Archibald MacLeish: "If God is God, he is not good; if God is good, he is not God. Take the even, take the odd."

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