In his mercy and justice to humans he allowed Adam and Eve to have children. Epicurus was curious about the “body-guard god” who doesn’t exist, then nor now. Whether or not God exists is probably the most important question of all human philosophy. Consider what the paradox says in the very first sentence: either God cannot abolish evil or God chooses not to. A more permanent cure is coming.  In On the Nature of Things, Lucretius argues this point using the example of a man throwing a javelin at the theoretical boundary of a finite universe.  By the first century BC, it had established a strong foothold in Italy.  Many Romans in particular took a negative view of Epicureanism, seeing its advocacy of the pursuit of voluptas ("pleasure") as contrary to the Roman ideal of virtus ("manly virtue"). " Meanwhile, John Locke (1632–1704) adapted Gassendi's modified version of Epicurus's epistemology, which became highly influential on English empiricism. Epicurean Paradox The problem of evil, also known as the Riddle of Epicurus, states: If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to Then He is not omnipotent. Your definition of evil is question begging. Would it have been better if God killed the first rebels–Satan, Adam & Eve started all over again? Accepting our mortality is the beginning of Wisdom. Yes. Epicurus and his followers were known for eating simple meals and discussing a wide range of philosophical subjects. Of interest to atheists is Epicurus's scepticism of religion and the Epicurean paradox: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  For Epicurus, static pleasures are the best pleasures because moving pleasures are always bound up with pain. Is and was and is to come… Live simply with an attitude of Gratitude and you’ll be half way home before you know it…. Then he is malevolent. Just the same…. , Academic interest in Epicurus and other Hellenistic philosophers increased over the course of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, with an unprecedented number of monographs, articles, abstracts, and conference papers being published on the subject.  After the completion of his military service, Epicurus joined his family there. As a former Christian Fundamentalist I do rightly understand Epicurus. Since creation, the devil has been trying to defeat God by offering mankind choices that are more comfortable. His school was the first of the ancient Greek philosophical schools to admit women as a rule rather than an exception, and the biography of Epicurus by Diogenes Laërtius lists female students such as Leontion and Nikidion. He taught that the root of all human neurosis is death denial and the tendency for human beings to assume that death will be horrific and painful, which he claimed causes unnecessary anxiety, selfish self-protective behaviors, and hypocrisy.  He writes in his Letter to Menoeceus: "Accustom thyself to believe that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply sentience, and death is the privation of all sentience;... Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. Believers and agnostics ask same as that of Epicurus. The recent pandemic called COVID 19 has brought about wide destruction to the society globally. I am courteous and therefore have to take your information as accurate, even if I have never seen such an assertion before. Why blame God when things do not go our way? , Epicurus himself criticizes popular religion in both his Letter to Menoeceus and his Letter to Herodotus, but in a restrained and moderate tone. The Epicurean Paradox part begins with the premise, “Evil Exists,” then asks, “Can God Prevent Evil?”, “Does God know about all the Evil?”, and “Does God want to prevent Evil?” These are not quite Epicurus’s questions; neither in Lactantius nor Hume’s … And I beg you to take care of the children of Metrodorus, in a manner worthy of the devotion shown by the young man to me, and to philosophy. , Around the same time, the Epicurean injunction to "live in obscurity" was beginning to gain popularity as well. Yes.  After one's desires have been satisfied (e.g. Would you like to continue? Most knowledge of his teachings comes from later authors, particularly the biographer Diogenes Laërtius, the Epicurean Roman poet Lucretius and the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, and with hostile but largely accurate accounts by the Pyrrhonist philosopher Sextus Empiricus, and the Academic Skeptic and statesman Cicero. His teachings gradually became more widely known in the fifteenth century with the rediscovery of important texts, but his ideas did not become acceptable until the seventeenth century, when the French Catholic priest Pierre Gassendi revived a modified version of them, which was promoted by other writers, including Walter Charleton and Robert Boyle.  It would also indicate that he maintained an especial concern for the wellbeing of children. No.  In his De vita beata, Seneca states that the "sect of Epicurus... has a bad reputation, and yet it does not deserve it." An issue of right to rule (sovereignty) was raised.  However, clear evidence of an Epicurean hero cult, as well as the cult itself, seems buried by the weight of posthumous philosophical interpretation. Then whence cometh evil? 11. Vain desires include desires for power, wealth, and fame.  Nonetheless, there are a few indications from this time period of Epicurus's improving reputation.  In 1649, he published a commentary on Diogenes Laërtius's Life of Epicurus. If the 1st evil was not caused by God, humans, or angel, then it could have been caused by natural disasters, or disease. The “Epicurean paradox” or “Riddle of Epicurus” is a version of the problem of evil. The hero cult of Epicurus may have operated as a Garden variety civic religion. Hope more are enlightened. Go to # 23 If He is willing and is unable, He is feeble, which is not in accordance with the character of God; if He is able and unwilling, He is envious, which is equally at variance with God; if He is neither willing nor able, He is both envious and feeble, and therefore not God; if He is both willing and able, which alone is suitable to God, from what source then are evils? 9. Go to # 5. " From this doctrine arose the Epicurean epitaph: Non fui, fui, non-sum, non-curo ("I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care"), which is inscribed on the gravestones of his followers and seen on many ancient gravestones of the Roman Empire. Throughout the Middle Ages Epicurus was popularly, though inaccurately, remembered as a patron of drunkards, whoremongers, and gluttons. Our hope for our children to emerge victorious. Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher. We have an American President who doesn’t ”believe” in global climate change, despite overwhelming evidence and almost daily experience of it.  Around this time, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, arrived in Athens, at the age of about twenty-one, but Zeno did not begin teaching what would become Stoicism for another twenty years.  During the Protestant Reformation, the label "Epicurean" was bandied back and forth as an insult between Protestants and Catholics.  Nonetheless, Epicurus was not universally admired and, within his own lifetime, he was vilified as an ignorant buffoon and egoistic sybarite.  In line with these teachings, Epicurus adamantly rejected the idea that deities were involved in human affairs in any way. Go to 27. 3. Not surprisingly, the recent occurrence of this kind of natural evil that affected greatly ideologies and thus raises up again the epicurean paradox.  The Royal Society, chartered in 1662, advanced Epicurean atomism. Second, Epicurus offers no definition for evil. The present world is evil, and ruled by the evil one, Satan. To receive godly comfort/hope one has to (a) study and apply his counsel found in his inspired word, the Bible, and (b) Throw his/her burdens to him by means of prayer. According to Diogenes Laertius (10.27-9), the major works of Epicurus include: Epicureanism was extremely popular from the very beginning.  As such, according to Norman Wentworth DeWitt, "it is inconceivable that he would have escaped the Platonic training in geometry, dialectic, and rhetoric.  In his Letter to Herodotus, he specifically denies that the gods have any control over natural phenomena, arguing that this would contradict their fundamental nature, which is perfect, because any kind of worldly involvement would tarnish their perfection. What source allows us to learn and grow.  It was finally published in 1658, after undergoing revision by his editors.  He further warned that believing that the gods control natural phenomena would only mislead people into believing the superstitious view that the gods punish humans for wrongdoing, which only instills fear and prevents people from attaining ataraxia. Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher born in 341 BC on the island of Samos. I like the way you presented it. Epicurus and his followers had a well-developed epistemology, which developed as a result of their rivalry with other philosophical schools. 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So as if we are in a excruciatingly painful season of evil, like all seasons, it’ll pass eventually, if we hope and continue to live. 15. Yes. It only considers two options; it doesn't consider (for sake of argument) that maybe God is allowing evil or perhaps there's a reason why the evil is there in the first place. (Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 10:23).  Epicurus's reason for introducing this doctrine was because he wanted to preserve the concepts of free will and ethical responsibility while still maintaining the deterministic physical model of atomism. 1.God exists. Yes. Our ability to care for them more than even our own lives is Spiritual. 165 AD), Athenagoras of Athens (c. 133–c. Humans will reap what they sow. ). 23. 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Nonetheless, the vast majority of everything he wrote has now been lost and most of what is known about Epicurus's teachings come from the writings of his later followers, particularly the Roman poet Lucretius. Go to 2. ", According to Diskin Clay, Epicurus himself established a custom of celebrating his birthday annually with common meals, befitting his stature as heros ktistes ("founding hero") of the Garden.  His admirers revered his sayings as divine oracles, carried around copies of his writings, and cherished copies of his letters like the letters of an apostle. I am not even an adept of some denomination Epicurus paradox is a paradox for antique deity, not monotheistic God  Epicurus wrote a treatise entitled Κανών, or Rule, in which he explained his methods of investigation and theory of knowledge. The Epicurean paradox or riddle of Epicurus also known as Epicurus' trilemma is a type of problem of evil. The issue of sovereignty was again raised in 1Samuel 8:4-9; John 19:15.  After the death of Alexander the Great, Perdiccas expelled the Athenian settlers on Samos to Colophon, on the coast of what is now Turkey. Go to 14. and compares it to "a man in a dress: your chastity remains, your virility is unimpaired, your body has not submitted sexually, but in your hand is a tympanum. Is he both able and willing? It would be impossible to love evil unless one knew the difference between evil and good.  An inscription on the gate to The Garden is recorded by Seneca the Younger in epistle XXI of Epistulae morales ad Lucilium: "Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure.  Although all of these explanations are now known to be false, they were an important step in the history of science, because Epicurus was trying to explain natural phenomena using natural explanations, rather than resorting to inventing elaborate stories about gods and mythic heroes. Go to 24.  For instance, he argued that atoms were not eternal, uncreated, and infinite in number, instead contending that an extremely large but finite number of atoms were created by God at creation. (Matthew 5:45). To state—but rather several, whereof one 4.The Bible teaches that the first evil (death) was caused by the rebellion in Paradise. 1. Aristotle said some things "depend on us" (eph'hemin). That’s illogical.  Of all the Greek philosophical schools, Epicureanism was the one most at odds with the new Christian teachings, since Epicureans believed that the soul was mortal, denied the existence of an afterlife, denied that the divine had any active role in human life, and advocated pleasure as the foremost goal of human existence.  Later Epicureans mainly followed the same ideas as Epicurus, believing in the existence of the gods, but emphatically rejecting the idea of divine providence. And it often comes down to choices made by man. It was instigated by a rebellious angel, Satan.  The Cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope was still alive when Epicurus would have been in Athens for his required military training and it is possible they may have met.  Void occurs in any place where there are no atoms. 26.  In his Letter to Pythocles, he offers four different possible natural explanations for thunder, six different possible natural explanations for lightning, three for snow, three for comets, two for rainbows, two for earthquakes, and so on. One of his earliest laws could have prevented death, the 1st evil. 21. (b) love of fellow humans. These desires are inculcated by society and by false beliefs about what we need. 54 in Smith's edition). Epicurus died a couple of centuries before the birth of Jesus and Christianity, so if he really is the originator of this conundrum then it isn’t specifically aimed at the Church, but it is a philosophical question which still applies to our society today. 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