|Philosophy 102: Introduction to
Ethics and Philosophical Ethics
Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Yes, A Good God
1. __________Dostoevsky believes that the most
difficult test for a theodicy is to explain how God can allow innocent children to suffer.
2. __________Dostoevsky believes the problem of evil can be answered by believing in a
higher harmony of God's plan that we do not understand.
3. __________Dostoevsky believes that God must allow some evil for the sake of the overall
good of the world.
4. __________Ultimately, Dostoevsky believes the problem of evil is an unanswerable
problem for man.
5. __________Some people believe that evil exists in the world because others must pay for
the sins of our fathers.
6. __________Ivan does not believe that moral evil can be accounted for by the belief that
we must pay for the sins of our fathers.
7. __________Dostoevsky does not consider in this essay the problem of nonmoral evil.
8. __________No major philosophic position holds that God is responsible for the evil in
9. __________Dostoevsky believes ultimately that evil is an illusion and cannot exist in
10. __________Ivan illustrates the point that there is unjustified evil in the world by
citing the case of a small boy torn to pieces by the general's hounds.