History desk: Earliest known statement of the problem of evil, as an argument for atheism
|September 29, 2011||Posted by News under Atheism, News|
In Lucretius (d. 50 BC), De Rerum Natura,Book V:
But knew I never what
The seeds primordial were, yet would I dare
This to affirm, even from deep judgments based
Upon the ways and conduct of the skies-
This to maintain by many a fact besides-
That in no wise the nature of all things
For us was fashioned by a power divine-
So great the faults it stands encumbered with.
And it’s still a big issue today, amazingly enough, in the discussion of design in nature.