Good And Evil: The Fallacy Of Atheistic Scientism Part 2The argument goes something like this: If God really existed, there would not be evil in the world, because God, if he is real, is a God of love. If God really loved us, and if he was really all powerful, he would not let evil happen.
This argument against belief in God is probably the most frequently proffered by atheists. And yet it is a non argument. It is, in fact, so non sensical that it rather disproves atheism than theism.
For a start, the premise that if God is all powerful and loving He would not permit evil is flawed. Atheists have no way of knowing or testing that. God might well have good reasons for permitting evil, at least for a time. To draw greater good from it could be one such reason; to strengthen virtue another.
Second, without the concept of God there IS no evil. Evil is only the absence of good. But in atheism, actions are neither good nor evil, they just are. And therefore, actions such as murdering an old lady for the money in her handbag, or starving homosexuals, or amputees, or the mentally ill because they are inconvenient to have around, cannot really be classified as evil. You might not like those actions, but if God does not exist, you have no basis higher than your own private preferences for labelling them as "evil" or demanding that other people not do those things.
The problem of evil can only be a problem in a theistic world view. The existence of God has to be assumed to even pose the sort of question Dawkins poses when he raises the problem of evil. Without God, evil cannot even be said to exist.