Steve Answers The Problem of Evil for Atheists.
So, Knockgoats questioned Steve on why he thought the problem of evil was a problem for atheists. Steve responds on his blog. Go on over there and read the whole thing. Here are a few excerpts:
You only question how God could allow evil because you think you have a clear shot of what truly IS good and evil APART from God. But HOW have you got that idea of good and evil? Are you sure this world is unjust/evil? If so, you’re assuming the reality of an external, “extra-natural” standard.
My secular/atheistic friends claim to believe in absolute truths, but its precisely at this point they become functional relativists. You believe in absolute truth, but where is it grounded when comes to morality, to love, to beauty, to other intangible things? Surely not science. By necessity, we hear talk of social contract theory, or even personal opinion.
Now let’s get down to brass tacks: What do you tell people on their deathbeds? The woman who just lost a baby? The man just diagnosed with terminal cancer? The lone survivor of a family buried under Haitian rubble? I dare you to give them “there is no after-life, there is no hope, there is no meaning–just make your own out of this.” Only the coldest heart would actually say that, because you know it’s cruel and inhumane. And in these moments of truth, you act as if your beliefs aren’t really true. This is, at least, a clue that they are not.