It was once logical to believe that the earth was flat, it was once logical to believe in spontaneous generation of life. It was once logical to believe that the earth was the center of the universe. It was also once logical to vote republican or democrat.
I understand HPL's hang up and it on the surface is logical. Either God is a weakling and can't stop bad things from happening, or he is a monster and may even ordain them. These are logical outcomes of a surface study of scriptures.
Even though I believe in the apostles creed and understand it is illogical to some, maybe even most folks. I find it quite logical. If I see evidence of love, of suffering, of joy; am I supposed to say those are just responses programmed in me through evolution. Is my love for my wife just an instinct that will help our species to survive?
When I see pain and death on the news and feel sadness, where is that coming from? If I follow evolutionary theory I should be happy when death of others occur because there are more resources available for me to survive and thrive.
No one taught me to love or to feel bad at suffering. I love because I have been loved before. I feel sorrow at suffering because I know somewhere inside it was not supposed to happen like this.
Now if I go to science to find out the "why" to these questions I come up empty. So logically I look somewhere else, and the Bible seems to satisfy all my questions.
Why do I love? Because before the creation of the world I was chosen to be loved by a creator.
Why do I feel pain when I see pain? Because I was created in a perfect environment with no pain and sin screwed it up.
How can God be all powerful but still allowed sin to enter the world? This is a tough question that many lose their faith over. This is the hardest question of Christianity in my opinion. But the best scriptural answer I have come up with is that God knew from before the creation that it would turn against him and that he would have to suffer to redeem it. He could have not created the world and have been perfectly satisfied, but he chose to knowing it would affect him personally for his own glory.
Does that meet a logical standard? Hell no!!! But it is a lot more logical than saying all of our morals,ethics, and feelings are a product of evolution that most times chooses against those traits. To believe in no deity, you have to be ok when someone's morals goes against yours. Franco, why are we so upset when the neocons invade another country? Because it is not right! Why is it not right? Because we have a longing of peace with each other deep inside of us. You cannot say that the longing for peace is scientific when the basis of evolution is conquering genetically inferior organisms.
So while the logic of the day sounds great, the logic of the day has changed much in the last few centuries.
So HPL, with your supposed catch 22 of a powerful all knowing God must be mean or he isn't powerful. I would say that the scriptures are consistent saying that God is omnipotent and omniscient. They are also consistent in saying that man has free will. If I am going to believe in a God, he must be powerful and wise enough to reconcile this supposed contradiction. I may not ever completely understand it. If this makes me think there is no God, I now have to find a scientific reason for why I love my wife, my son, why I feel pain when I see injustice in the world, why I long for peace.
Why would I give up on one illogical choice (existence of a God), to have to try to illogically justify morals, ethics, justice, and peace?