[quote=w_stewart]Is it logically possible that the First Cause is EVIL? Are there logical impediments that prohibit the existence of an evil First Cause?
The question makes no sense. It’s flawed.
It presuposses we are able to define the nature of “the First Cause”, by application of our reason, given to us just to distinct good from evil:
[quote=Mirdath]The Cosmological Argument says nothing about the nature of the Prime Mover, only that it exists (and the original argument is far from watertight itself, but let’s not go there). Given the Problem of Evil, an evil or malevolent Prime Mover makes just as much sense, if not more, than a good and benevolent one.
which at least us, Orthodox Christians, don’t do. It would be prying into the mistery of God.
[quote=Contarini]The Thomistic argument certainly would make no sense with an evil First Cause, because evil is a privation, not a thing in itself.
Once the angel had fallen, and that was due to his own free will to sin, the evil did become a thing in itself.
Since the reason is gifted to us to distinct good from evil, it’s simply a tool that is useless in answering the question. So, there could be no logical answer to such an non-logical question.