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Albert Camus, One of My Favorite Philosophers Some of my Philosophical Views Picture of my Time at Wake Forest University
Although there are several arguments originating from both inside and outside the field of philosophy that convince me of the non-existence of God, it is my opinion that the Evidential Problem of Evil does the best job of justifying this stance of all the arguments covered in our class. If we are to accept the assumption presented by most theists that this higher being (interchangeably referred to as God from here on) is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, it is absurd to imagine that this being would allow outright pointless evils to exist (Miller, September 19). However, there appear to be a seemingly infinite amount of pointless evils, both obvious and hidden, existing on our planet (Rowe, 120). I first encountered the underpinnings of this argument as a small child. I was awoken one night many years ago by my father’s soft footsteps climbing the stairs leading to his bedroom in which my mother and I were sleeping. My mother stirred as he entered and the two engaged in hushed conversation. My father had just returned from a fire call (his work as a firefighter necessitates around-the-clock readiness) and I pretended as if I was still asleep in order to hear what exciting things had required his abrupt exit. To my extreme shock, my father unraveled a tragic story of a young Marine who, on the final stretch of his return home from deployment, had crashed into the side of a small bridge on the highway after slipping on a patch of ice. Emergency personnel had declared the man dead upon arriving on the scene. The pure and Catholic brain I possessed at the time questioned the reasons why God would have let such a thing happen to such a seemingly wholesome man. As I gradually exited the bubble of my innocence I encountered more and more tragedies such as this. Although I had originally made up childish justifications to settle my emotions, I now accept these occurrences as pointless and unwarranted evils. Where is this “tri-omni” God at times like these? The Evidential Problem of Evil suggests that he is nowhere and I have come to concur (Miller, September 19).