Quote of the week - Gottfried Leibniz on problem of evil
"I do not believe that a world without evil, preferable in order to ours, is possible; otherwise it would have been preferred. It is necessary to believe that the mixture of evil has produced the greatest possible good: otherwise the evil would not have been permitted. The combination of all the tendencies to the good has produced the best; but as there are goods that are incompatible together, this combination and this result can introduce the destruction of some good, and as a result some evil."
- Gottfried, Leibniz, Letter to Bourguet (late 1712)], as translated in The Shorter Leibniz Texts (2006) edited by Lloyd H. Strickland, p. 208