Recently a Christian named Jordan told me that God had to have created a world with evil, because otherwise we wouldn’t have free will.
Here is my response.
Jordan, you are now implying that the ability to choose evil is more important than avoiding evil, in the eyes of God.
A bold assertion.
And yet a necessary one, probably, if one believes a “benevolent” (when it does not limit the ability of Creation to do evil), omnipotent god exists.
Still, I hold it makes no rational sense at all. We wouldn’t call god “good”, then, should we. We should call him evil-enabling, since that is what — by your own argument — he values more than goodness!
Since when has free will (or the illusion of it) needed the ability to do evil, and since when is free will more important than morality or general happiness? This is why I can never, ever respect theology. Each answer reveals more contradictions and absurdities.