The other day an apostate of a monotheist religion asked the originator of
the neutral-inclusive Norm whether
'e agreed that the existence of
evil in this world proves that God does not exist.
This the originator said in reply: "For ages theists have been
confronted with this so-called 'problem of evil'. The problem for them is
not the evil, which every mortal soul would expect, but rather the possible
nonexistence of their god or gods. For atheists the existence of evil has
always served to prove the nonexistence of gods, whereas for theists it has
proved the necessity, if not of a god, then of at least one demon. The
awkward problem has brought home to theists how badly in need they are of a
more pliable type of logics more willingly bent to what they want to keep
on believing anyhow and in spite of everything."
Since this story is being used as material for the novel
Triptych of Times,
you are presently being given free access to less than a third of it.
(For more info about this novel by Vincent van Mechelen see