In weighing the actual world against the claims of a Creator of this world, the quite remarkable philosopher and historian, John Fiske (1842–1901), wrote in his Miscellaneous Writings: Outline of Cosmic Philosophy:
“A scheme which permits thousands of generations to live and die in wretchedness cannot be absolved from the charge of awkwardness or malevolence … it is impossible to call that being Good who, existing prior to the phenomenal universe, and creating it out of the plenitude of infinite power and foreknowledge, endowed it with such properties that its material and moral development must inevitably be attended by the misery of untold millions of sentient creatures for whose existence their creator is ultimately alone responsible.”
If you are determined to believe in a Creator, and if it is impossible to call that Creator Good, as Fiske duly notes it is, then what remains by way of an explanation for this world is simple malevolence. Where the theologian is forced to rescue an incompetent spirit who has, for one inventive reason or another, lost total control of his creation, the gospel of the malevolent hand stands unchaste, uncontaminated, and inviolable. As an explanation for the world that has been, is, and will be, malevolence is complete. Yesterday, today and tomorrow are made clear without need for a cover story, creative pretext, imaginative theodicy, convenient scapegoat, or laboured advocacy.
If you, like many, are determined to believe in a Creator, which thesis is then the most likely—genuine—explanation for the world that is: the one that requires elaborate annotation and specially crafted excuses, or the one that does not?
 Fiske, John, 1902, Miscellaneous Writings, iv, Outline of Cosmic Philosophy, New York: Houghton, Mifflin, pp. 225