In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"In the world as we know it, God gave people free will. So He could create a free universe where man has to live for himself. In this and in this only, can God create a world where people are like God, because He has free will, He can do whatever He pleases and in His effort to create man in His likeness, He was forced to give free will to man. In doing so, God gave man the choice to be evil. ―The problem of evil‖ suggests that if God is omniscient, omnipotent, and morally good, He would be able to and would want to eliminate evil. Yet evil exists. A conclusion seems logical: either God is not all of those things, or He does not exist. In this brief essay I submit an alternative solution to the problem of evil."
Backal, Jeremy P.
"Good and Evil: What's the Problem?,"
Verbum: Vol. 8
, Article 12.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol8/iss1/12