4 0 obj Although evidence restricted to some evils or evil alone may have some weight, when good is included as well as evil, theists are justified in claiming the evidence supports their position far better than atheism. Michael Peterson frames this issue by working through questions such as the following: What is the relation of rational belief to religious faith? The reader of this book gains not only an intellectual grasp of the debate over God and evil in professional philosophy but also the personal benefit of thinking through one of the most important issues in human life. Important non-relationship oriented explanations are taken into account. Whether a professional philosopher, student, or interested layperson, the reader will be able to work through a number of issues related to how evil in the world affects belief in God. Download The Evidential Argument From Evil full book in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format, get it for read on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Get Book. If relationships are to reach the greatest depth and have the greatest value, then evils are necessary. Spectres of False Divinity presents a historical and critical interpretation of Hume's rejection of the existence of a deity with moral attributes. What responses have important thinkers advanced and which seem most promising? publication date : 1996 lcc: BT160.E94 1996eb ddc: 214 subject: Theodicy. Even if God and evil are compatible, it remains hotly contested whether evil renders belief in God unreasonable. stream While many scholars have agreed that Plantinga’s free will defense adequately responds to the problem of logical evil, the same consensus does not necessarily apply to the evidential argument from evil. The Evidential Argument from Evil presents five classic statements on this issue by eminent philosophers and theologians, and places them in dialogue with eleven original essays reflecting new thinking by these and other scholars. I also reply to the objection that Christian apophaticism is incoherent, because it appears to Even if God and evil are compatible, it remains hotly contested whether evil renders belief in God unreasonable. Skeptical theism tackles the problem of evil by proposing a limited skepticism about the purposes of God, and our abilities to determine whether any given instance is truly an example of gratuitous evil. I argue that Christian apophaticism provides the most powerful and economical response to the evidential argument from evil for the nonexistence of God. Peterson organizes his selection of classical and contemporary sources into four parts: important statements addressing the problem of evil from great literature and classical philosophy; debates based on the logical, evidential, and existential versions of the problem; major attempts to square God's justice with the presence of evil, such as Augustinian, Irenaean, process, openness, and felix culpa theodicies; and debates on the problem of evil covering such concepts as a best possible world, natural evil and natural laws, gratuitous evil, the skeptical theist defense, and the bearing of biological evolution on the problem. As an undergraduate the author was influenced strongly by Bertrand Russell’s rejection of Christianity due to the amount of evil in the world. William Rowe on the Evidential Problem of Evil See William Rowe, ‘The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism’ in M. M. Adams and R. M. Adams (edd), The Problem of Evil (Oxford: OUP, 1990) The argument for atheism based on evil: 1. The present collection brings together for the first time Rowe's most significant contributions to the philosophy of religion. The argument from evil (or problem of evil) is the argument that an all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly good God would not allow any—or certain kinds of—evil or suffering to … The environment must provide opportunities to make sacrifices, have risks and dangers, and have poverty and limited resources. Its value is to offer an innovative Christian theological approach to the daunting problem that Darwinian animal suffering poses to belief in God. [��� �� ]�p�9U����+X�! 11-14 2nd Edition Pupils Book, A System of Intellectual Philosophy (1854), A Healthcare Providers Guide to Cancer and Obesity. Evidential arguments from evil RICHARD OTTE University of California at Santa Cruz, USA Introduction Recent discussion of the problem of evil has centered around what is known as the probabilistic or evidential argument from evil. The author believes that this book provides a comprehensive, plausible, and satisfying treatment of the problem of evil consistent with the Bible and orthodox Christianity. What different conceptual moves are possible on either side of the issue?


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