If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to
Then He is not omnipotent.
If He is able, but not willing
Then He is malevolent.
If He is both able and willing
Then whence cometh evil?
If He is neither able nor willing
Samuel Clemens, more commonly known by his pen name Mark Twain, was indeed a freethinker of his time. I'm not quite sure if he was an atheist or not: wikipedia notes that he was a Freemason, but he was most certainly not a fan of organized religion----especially Christianity. "The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled."
Few literary works have made me laugh out loud as much as Twain's "Letters From the Earth", which is a book…Continue
Christians like to throw around a concept that I would like to reexamine today: absolute morality. These thoughts are my own, but this is probably something that has been addressed many times by more competent freethinkers than myself. At any rate....
Please, if you haven't already, take a gander at www.proofthatgodexists.org. The main topic of this little exercise is absolute morality. It's hard to get around the point that…Continue
I very distinctly remember discussing human nature with my grandmother when I was fourteen. After hearing Ray Stevens sing "Everything is Beautiful", my grandmother commented that while the song was inspirational, it was clearly misguided: the world is not "gonna find a way". I then expressed to her my belief that people were naturally good with the best intentions at heart and that maybe the world "finding a…Continue