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God, gratuitous evil, and van Inwagen's attempt to reconcile the two

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Nick Trakakis
Both critics and advocates of evidential arguments from evil often assume that theistic belief is not compatible with gratuitous evil. It is often assumed, in other words, that an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good being would not permit an evil unless he had a morally sufcient reason to permit it. However, this cornerstone of evidential arguments from evil has come under increasing re of late, in particular by Peter van Inwagen. The aim of this paper is to outline and then assess van Inwagen's attempt to reconcile theism with gratuitous evil.

History

Journal

Ars disputandi : the online journal for philosophy of religion

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pagination

1 - 10

Publisher

Igitur Publishing and Archiving Services

Location

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

1566-5399

eISSN

1572-8684

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Ars Disputandi

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