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Evil and the complexity of history : a response to Durston

Trakakis, Nick 2003, Evil and the complexity of history : a response to Durston, Religious studies, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 451-458, doi: 10.1017/S0034412503006589.

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Title Evil and the complexity of history : a response to Durston
Author(s) Trakakis, Nick
Journal name Religious studies
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 451
End page 458
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 0034-4125
1469-901X
Summary Kirk Durston recently presented an argument aimed against evidential arguments from evil predicated on instances of suffering that appear to be gratuitous; ‘The consequential complexity of history and gratuitous evil’, Religious Studies, 36 (2000), 65–80. He begins with the notion that history consists of an intricate web of causal chains, so that a single event in one such chain may have countless unforeseen consequences. According to Durston, this consequential complexity exhibited by history negatively impacts on our grasp of the data necessary to determine whether or not an evil is gratuitous. He therefore concludes that our epistemic condition poses an insurmountable barrier towards the inference from inscrutability to pointlessness. By way of reply, I contend that Durston's argument is flawed in two significant respects, and thus the evidential argument emerges unscathed from his critique.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0034412503006589
Field of Research 220315 Philosophy of Religion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022098

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