An Open Theist Theodicy of Natural Evil

William Hasker

in Molinism

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590629
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731280 | DOI:
An Open Theist Theodicy of Natural Evil

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This chapter sets forth a theodicy of natural evil. General characteristics of theodicy are discussed, including the distinction between general‐policy theodicies and specific-benefit theodicies. There is also consideration of the relationship between theodicy and different theories of providence, including Augustinianism, Molinism, and open theism. It is argued that the ‘skeptical theist defense’ against the problem of evil should be rejected because it leads to an unacceptable moral skepticism. A theodicy of natural evil is presented, and it is argued that open theism makes the prospects for such a theodicy better than they are for either Augustinianism or Molinism

Keywords: theodicy; providence; Augustinianism; Molinism; open theism; natural evil; skeptical theism

Chapter.  10497 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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