MORALITY AND EVIL

GARETH B. MATTHEWS, PH.D.

Secular parents may feel that they have a special advantage over religious parents in not having to discuss the problem of evil with their children. That is, since they do not believe there is such a thing as a divine being who is both all good and all powerful, they do not have to try to explain to their children why terrible things sometimes happen to innocent or even good people: tsunamis that kill thousands of innocent victims, or terrible illnesses that make babies and small children suffer unbearable pain before they then die. These parents, like most all parents, may want to shield their children from news about the horrors of the world. But if the children see something heartbreaking on TV, ...

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