Essentials of Christian Apologetics - Lesson 5

Problem of Evil

Ronald Nash
Essentials of Christian Apologetics
Lesson 5
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Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil


I.  What is the problem of evil?

A.  Two Kinds of Evil

1.  Moral

2.  Natural

B.  Different Forms of the Problem

1.  Theoretical

2.  Personal


II.  Two Alternative Worldviews

A.  Religious Dualism

1.  Step 1

2.  Step 2

3.  Step 3

B.  Naturalism


III.  Two Versions of the Problem

A.  Deductive Problem of Evil

1.  Search for the Missing Premise

2.  New Proposition

3.  New List of Christian Beliefs

B.  Inductive Problem:  Gratuitous Evil

1.  Deductive Formulation

2.  Inductive Formulation

3.  Final Point


IV.  The Christian Worldview

A.  Two Kinds of Good

1.  Transcendent

2.  Nontranscendent

B.  Two Kinds of Evil

1.  Transcendent

2.  Nontranscendent

C.  Scripture Texts

1.  Romans 8:28

2.  Romans 8:18

For more information, see:

The full course, Christian Apologetics, Lecture #4 The Problem of Evil

Nash, Faith and Reason, pp. 177-221.

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These lessons are a summary of Dr. Nash's introductory course to Christian Apologetics. The full seminary level class is available in our Institute.