Sunday, May 20, 2018

Does the multiverse solve the problem of evil?

I once wrote a paper suggesting that the multiverse solves the problem of evil. So God could have created a better world? He did. Then he created this world and all the worlds worth creating.

3 comments:

Dave Duffy said...

Dr Victor Reppert,

I'm trying to understand the post. The Creator made multiple universes, one of them was perfect and ours is fallen? Not sure I understand your meaning.

Anonymous said...

I've argued the same thing: a typical formulation of the "Problem of Evil" implicitly assumes that God could have created a better world — but that He didn't. Naturally, this assumption is never justified.

(Note that this doesn't rely on any scientific notions of a "multiverse" — there is no reason why, if God wanted to create another cosmos, it would have to be connected to this world in any way at all.)

John Mitchell said...

I agree with that,in some sense.

God may have created a world without moral evil, or without evil at all.
He may also have created worlds with evil in it, as long as the "net-value" of a world is positive i dont see a reason why he should refrain from creating such a world.