Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on a critical analysis of james mackies argument on the problem of evil. The problem of evil rises when we try to reconcile the omnipotent and the infinitely good nature of God, with the reality of evil in the world. If God is omnipotent and munificent as the believers in omnipotent God believe, then evil would not exist in the world because the infinitely powerful and good God would necessarily eliminate evil in the world. in other words, the reality of evil and the omnipotent and munificent nature of God are mutually exclusive. Mackie argues that we cannot rationally account for the reality of evil in the world, as long as we hold the view that God is omnipotent and infinitely good. For this reason, Mackie concludes that the believers in omnipotent God are irrational because they cannot rationally explain how an omnipotent and infinitely Good God can allow evil to exist in the world. Mackie makes a compelling argument to support his view and to dismantle the various weak and flawed arguments of believers in omnipotent God who tries to account for the reality of evil in the world yet holding the view that God is omnipotent and munificent.
Mackie argues that if God is infinitely powerful and infinitely good as the believers in the omnipotent God believe, then there would be no evil in the world because evil would be inconsistent with the nature of God. Mackie argues that an infinitely loving/good God would not allow his creations, the human beings, to suffer evils in the world because, as a loving and infinitely powerful being, God would eliminate evil from the world completely. For this reason, Mackie argued that the only way one can account for the reality of evil in the world is either by denying that God is not omnipotent, or denying that God is not wholly good. Mackie then went on to show the fallacies in the arguments of the believers in omnipotent God, in their attempt to account for the reality of evil in the world.