C.S. Lewis on the Problem of Evil
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
- C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity
*C.S. Lewis was a famous Irish novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist of the 20th century. In this quote, he addresses the paradoxical nature of the problem of evil . Namely, that although on the surface the problem appears to call into question the existence of God, on a much deeper level it actually requires it.