In the previous episode, Garrick and Timothy debunked the logical problem of evil. But dealing with the problem of evil requires far more than mere logic! The problem of evil also calls for a close examination whether or not the overwhelming amount of evil in the world might make God’s existence unlikely. That brings your intrepid cohosts to the evidential problem of evil.
What Is the Evidential Problem of Evil?
According to the evidential problem of evil, the depth and the degree of evil in this world make the existence of God highly improbable. It makes God’s existence so improbable, in fact, that the very possibility of an all-powerful God can be reasonably dismissed.
Debunking the Evidential Problem of Evil
But does the amount of evil in the world really make God’s existence improbable?
And, even if the amount of evil in the world did reduce the probability of God’s existence, would that necessarily mean it’s irrational to believe in God?
And how on earth does Jar Jar Binks fit into all of this?
Those are a few of the questions that the dynamic duo unpacks throughout this episode. Along the way, they dig into a song by the only punk band that Timothy likes. The band is Bad Religion, and the song is “God’s Love.” Bad Religion also happens to have produced the one and only Christmas album that Timothy actually enjoys—but that might be because Timothy spends most of the Christmas season yearning for summer, cheering for the Grinch, and fantasizing about moving to Florida.
This week’s Toybox Hero Tournament may be the craziest one yet. Timothy brings an amazing, transforming chunk of pork to this tournament. Garrick responds with a toy that would have caused the Reformers to scorch him at the stake for his recalcitrant rejection of the Second Commandment. The fate of the pig is too horrific to describe in human words, but it’s safe to say the swine flew and did not survive, due to Garrick’s disregard not only for the Second Commandment but also for the Second Council of Nicaea.
Also, “Swine-Sink” would be the perfect name for a nu-metal band.
The new cover art for this season was created by Dani Wallace (daniwallace.myportfolio.com).
Links to Click
The Problem of Evil: book by Jeremy Evans
Christmas Songs: album by Bad Religion
God’s Love: song by Bad Religion
Live Again: song by Bad Religion
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