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Single Idea 20671

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 1. Monotheism]

Full Idea

Monotheism explains order but not evil, and dualist religion explains evil but not order. One logical solution is a single omnipotent God who created the universe, and is evil - but nobody in history has had much stomach for that belief.

Gist of Idea

In order to explain both order and evil, a single evil creator is best, but no one favours that


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 12 'Battle')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.246

A Reaction

Eh? Is there not also good, which also needs explaining? And there is some chaos to be explained too. Hume offers the best explanations. An inexperienced god, a team of squabbling gods, a god with shifting moods…. Study the facts first.