Last month Dr Law posted on his blog claiming that Dr Craig had recently contradicted himself. This is the gist of it:
In their 2011 debate Dr Law argued that we can exclude an all evil God because there is too much good stuff in the world. If we can do that why can't we exclude a good God because of all the evil stuff.
Dr Craig rebutted this by saying that we cannot
exclude an all evil God through observation:
"The fact is that when we see an incidence of evil or suffering enter our lives, we are simply not in a position to say with any kind of confidence that God lacks morally sufficient reasons for permitting that to occur. We’re simply not in a position to make those kinds of judgments competently.
And, therefore, it’s simply impossible for the atheist to show that it’s improbable or impossible that God has morally sufficient reasons for permitting the evil and suffering in the world."...
..."I agree that you cannot disprove anti-God by just looking inductively at the good things in the world."
[quoting Wykstra] "‘Just as the inscrutable evil in the world doesn't give much evidence that there's no totally good creator, so the inscrutable good in the world doesn't give much evidence that there's no totally evil Creator’"
But when, in a recent podcast, Dr. Craig discusses Jim Holt's claim that the world looks as though it is created by an 100% evil God that is only 80% effective Dr Craig says:
I must say, that seems to me to underestimate enormously what an 80 percent effective deity could do to make life miserable for us. I mean, for most people life is very good. Otherwise, we’d all commit suicide. But when people go through hard times, they typically look to the future with hope that things will get better. When you go through bad times, you will often find that some good things come out of it. Life, for most people, is worth living. That is just an undeniable fact of the matter. If there were a being that were really 100 percent malevolent, goodness sake, we have no idea what sort of a torture chamber or something we might be living in, even if he is only 80 percent effective.
Steven Law is claiming Dr Craig doesn't seem to fully believe his own position - that we can't exclude Evil God through observation. Any thoughts?