Can Atheists explain to me why there is evil and suffering in the world? | Page 5

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  1. SlicerDM Peace is a lie, there is only passion

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    God doesn't exist.
     
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  2. SlicerDM Peace is a lie, there is only passion

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    Science. That's why.
     
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    The utter futility in this thread is amusing. It's fun to watch the unevolved struggle with their own existence. Carry on my base level friends.

    Why does evil exist? lol... LOL... LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
     
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  4. meauneau Purple Belt

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    Without god and religion there wouldn't be athesim. Atheism wouldn't mean anything, it wouldn't make sense. And when we talk about evil and suffering god and religion claim to have answers to this question.
     
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    Is a lion evil because it terrorizes zebras all day long?
     
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    It seems to me that this is really a question of science and not one of faith, or lack of.

    I'd like to hear an expert opinion on this but there are lots of examples of people that we would deem evil that are clinically diagnosed with mental disease. And there's lots of research that shows many of these mental illnesses have biological basis as well as being driven by experiences. Think of the person who has inherited genetics that make them susceptible to mental illness and then go through bad experiences, like abuse or living in bad conditions or a terrible neighborhood. It is a recipe for "evil" or a person doing bad things.

    The OP implies that evil only exists because of God and it's the wrong question if you want to understand acts of evil or people who do acts of evil. There's a lot for us to learn in this area but again we should seek to understand the problem using science and not accept that evil is a result of a god.
     
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    I'm beginning to suspect that the people using "LOL" in forum posts are the same lisping pajamaboys who use it when actually talking, too.
     
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  8. LogicalInsanity Gold Belt

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    First let me just say that I'm not one of those who believe that "Satan " or other malevolent forces are behind the sinful/criminal/immoral actions perpetrated by our fellow human beings. (with all due respect to @TheComebackKid , @ripskater )

    I think it's perfectly natural to seek explanations to certain abhorrent behavior, or self destructive behavior.

    I would much rather examine the reasons why someone did something, rather that chalk it up to, "oh...just because."

    having worked in social Service and the criminal justice system, I can say that I've seen, read, worked on cases that involved some pretty horrific shit.

    Most of which I can explain away through bad parenting, crimes of passion, mental illness, greed, addiction, etc...

    I think maybe there was 1 case I came across, in all my years where I truly believed the perpetrator to be "evil" in the metaphysical sense.

    I'm sure there are a few psychologists here who would replace the term, "evil" with a sociopath.

    sorry, rambling now...haven't had coffee yet
     
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  9. Skarr Purple Belt

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    do I? care to explain how you come to that conclusion or are you content enough to be written off as a knob?
     
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  10. Fawlty Silver Belt

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    There is evil and suffering because we defined evil and suffering. The rest is chemistry.
     
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    There's suffering in the world because that's a natural effect of a ton of things. Predators, food shortage, accidents, oppression, etc. The only way there wouldn't be suffering is if there existed an omnipotent god that could just end it.

    Why there is evil? Because we call some things evil. It's not a universal term, it's just something we use to describe some things we think are horrible. What's evil to one person might not be to another, which should be clear to anyone that's ever studied a serious conflict.
     
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    That depends on how you view it. Everyone would be atheists if there wasn't any religion or belief in gods, as the term just means "without gods". But we of course wouldn't have invented the term since it makes no sense in that context.
     
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    Fair enough. I think that FD and Jack would agree that "things happen just because" in this case (and many others) could easily be substituted with, "things happen because of reasons that begin and end in the physical realm rather than metaphysical causes". Even your example of an "evil" person could be attributed to a combination of improbable events if someone really cared to look into it.
     
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    LOL
     
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    OK then. I am an atheist who grew up in an extremely religious environment so I have seen both sides of the equation. Can you ask a more specific question than just a general topic of "evil and suffering" ?
     
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    no, atheists cannot explain this. other than to say what is good, and what is evil, are simply subjective categories that we place events and actions within. its a matter of perspective.

    a more difficult question would be for the theists. why would a god punish his own creations for acting out the things that he gave them the capacity and desire to do?
     
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    First off, evil is a subjective term and a concept created by humans. When an animal kills another, most people don't think of it as "evil", but when a human kills a human they do. In reality it is the same thing.

    Using a traditional definition of evil, there are lots of reasons but the main two are that humans have evolved to do what is best for themselves so that they have the best chance of reproducing and continuing their genetic line, even at the expense of others. Second is that there aren't enough resources around to adequately provide for everyone.

    There is a limited amount of stuff out there and human nature is to get as much of it for yourself and your family as possible, even if that means causing others to suffer.
     
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    Edgy teenagers exist
     
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    Tell us about your scientific background and how it pertains to cosmology
     
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    because there is no god

     
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