The Evidential Argument from Evil
Indiana University Press, 1996 - Religion - 357 pages
Is evil evidence against the existence of God? Even if God and evil are compatible, it remains hotly contested whether evil renders belief in God unreasonable. 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. The volume focuses on two versions of the argument. The first affirms that there is no reason for God to permit either certain specific horrors or the variety and profusion of undeserved suffering. The second asserts that pleasure and pain, given their biological role, are better explained by hypotheses other than theism.
Contributors include William P. Alston, Paul Draper, Richard M. Gale, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Alvin Plantinga, William L. Rowe, Bruce Russell, Eleonore Stump, Richard G. Swinburne, Peter van Inwagen, and Stephen John Wykstra.
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An Evidential Problem for Theists
Some Major Strands of Theodicy
Aquinas on the Sufferings of
Epistemic Probability and Evil
The Inductive Argument from Evil
STEPHEN JOHN WYKSTRA
The Problem of Evil the Problem of Air
Some Difficulties in Theistic Treatments of Evil
Reflections on the Chapters by Draper Russell and Gale
On Being Evidentially Challenged
A Second Look
The Argument from Inscrutable Evil
Some Temporarily Final Thoughts
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