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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen discusses atheism, human freedom, and why God allows evil in the world

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen discusses atheism, human freedom, and why God allows evil in the world
By Martin Hill
February 21, 2014


"Because God is the very embodiment of love, His love inspires you to be what you were meant to be: a free person in the highest sense of the word. The more you are led by God's love, the more you become yourself. And it is all done without ever losing your freedom. That still leaves another great problem, namely the problem of evil. You may ask, if God is power and love, why does He create this kind of world and why does He permit evil?"

In this classic sermon by Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the well-known cleric addresses some of the most commonly asked philosophical questions that society grapples with.

In the original 25 minute sermon, Bishop Sheen discusses atheism, human liberty, free will and why a loving God would allow evil, pain and suffering in the world. The sermon is split into two segments on youtube; the second half is my favorite and that is where the transcript below (and the quote above) is from.

On a personal note, Bishop Sheen's vast volume of work, even though he died when I was a little kid, had a big influence on me growing up and in my early 20s, when I made it a point to listen to most all of his work. My dad had acquired an extensive collection of Sheen's books, audio, and video tapes in his library.

Sheen begins part 1 with the story of an encounter he had with an atheist woman who was promoting atheism inside of a Catholic church. He concludes by pointing out "Morality implies responsibility and beauty but these can exist only on condition of freedom... Take the quality of freedom away from anyone and it is no more possible for him to be virtuous than it is for the blade of grass which he treads beneath his feet. "...You say 'well if I were God, I would destroy evil.' Well if you did that you would destroy human freedom! God will not destroy freedom. If we do not want any dictators on this earth, certainly we do not want any dictators in the kingdom of heaven." [Article continues here.]

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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, The Orange County Register, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened.com, Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, AmericanFreePress.net, WorldNetDaily, Antiwar.com, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.

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