The simple and sufficient reply is that God “does not give the world peace and virtue,” – because He cannot. And He does not give the world health and happiness – universally and resistlessly, as implied by the question – because, as represented in the Christian gospel, He wills that something better than either should be possible for every one who seeks it. For no man can deny that character is nobler than health, and goodness better than happiness, without denying his manhood.

Frank Ballard, ‘Clarion’ Fallacies, 4th ed. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908) pp. 86-87

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