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Theodicy : the solution to the problem of evil, or part of the problem?

Trakakis, Nick 2008, Theodicy : the solution to the problem of evil, or part of the problem?, Sophia : International journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 161-191, doi: 10.1007/s11841-008-0063-6.

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Title Theodicy : the solution to the problem of evil, or part of the problem?
Author(s) Trakakis, Nick
Journal name Sophia : International journal for philosophy of religion, metaphysical theology and ethics
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 161
End page 191
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-07
ISSN 0038-1527
1873-930X
Keyword(s) Problem of evil
Dostoevsky
D.Z. Phillips
anti-theodicy
theodicy
Summary Theodicy, the enterprise of searching for greater goods that might plausibly justify God’s permission of evil, is often criticized on the grounds that the project has systematically failed to unearth any such goods. But theodicists also face a deeper challenge, one that places under question the very attempt to look for any morally sufficient reasons God might have for creating a world littered with evil. This ‘anti-theodical’ view argues that theists (and non-theists) ought to reject, primarily for moral reasons, the project of ‘justifying the ways of God to men’. Unfortunately, this view has not received the serious attention it deserves, particularly in analytic philosophy of religion. Taking my cues from such anti-theodicists as Kenneth Surin, D.Z. Phillips and Dostoyevsky’s Ivan Karamazov, I defend several reasons for holding that the way of thinking about God and evil enshrined in theodical discourse can only add to the world’s evils, not remove or illuminate them.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11841-008-0063-6
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022123

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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