Let’s assume for the sake of this post that God exists and that he’s good. In this context, the problem of evil starts to look rather like our complaining about how God does his job. This got me to thinking:
Just what do you think God should be doing? Specifically.
Obviously the answer will have something to do with preventing various evils which are currently allowed to occur. It is fairly easy to tell that I want God to prevent more evil than he does, but how much more? All evil? Well, that would seem to compromise freedom in a fairly significant way given that all of us perpetrate various evils on a regular basis. To prevent all evil God would have to either isolate everyone or severly limit our spheres of influence.
So, perhaps the standard argument about evil being necessary in bringing about the best possible world has some merit. If we were to draw a big circle representing all evil, I think most people will agree that some parts of the circle can be adequately accounted for by standard solutions to the problem of evil. (Which is to say, in the course of human existence we have been able to work out some partial solutions to the problem of evil.) But, I’m not sure how much of the circle we can color in. What do you think? How much evil would God have to put a stop to for you to stop complaining about the problem of evil?