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Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge

Richard Swinburne

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237987.003.0010
 Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge

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The opportunity to study natural processes that produce good and bad effects gives humans the opportunity to acquire knowledge of how to produce good and bad effects themselves, and thus to make the efficacious choices, which the ‘free will defence’ sees as such a good thing. If God gave us this knowledge in some other way, this would give us too evident an awareness of his presence.

Keywords: free will; human knowledge; natural evil

Chapter.  7270 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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