The Problem with Theodicy… June 30, 2011

The Problem with Theodicy…

When people start discussing philosophy or Christian apologetics, I tend to get bored easily, but Zach Weiner does a nice job explaining the problem with theodicy (why there’s suffering in the world if god exists):

That’s panel one. The rest is here 🙂

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  • Surgoshan

    Wiener is awesome. To the max.

  • Serx

    I posted this on my Facebook page and actually got positive comments out of my religious relatives. I don’t know if they get that Weiner is basically endorsing the skeptical view he pretends to mock at the end, but it probably doesn’t matter since it gets them thinking critically about their faith. A master work, Zach!

  • Defiantnonbeliever

    Total fail in last panel with “and in all fairness it’s probably better than the alternative”, referring to what skepticism has to offer. The others look a bit iffy too.

  • PCE

    When people start discussing philosophy or Christian apologetics, I tend to get bored easily…

    Readers of the Friendly Atheist:

    If you are NOT bored by philosophy like Hemant is, come join a more intelligent discussion at the Sam Harris blog.

    I will be leaving this blog for that one. Hopefully you will join me.

  • vexorian

    The last panel seemed sarcastic to me.

    Crazy question, isn’t the panel about Free Will supposed to shorten omnipotence? Then the panel about god having bigger concerns would shorten omniscient? Ok, that’s confusing.

  • Gibbon

    Alternatively, you could shorten all three legs and then the ball would be within reach.

  • adam


  • I feel that an opportunity to pun “Jesus’ Stool” was missed.

  • Even more telling – if you remove one of the legs, it’s no longer stable and will fall over. If God is not omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient – then he doesn’t fit with the Christian worldview, but within their own Bible he doesn’t fit this ideal.

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