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An Evolutionary Objection to the Argument from Evil

Thomas M. Crisp

in Evidence and Religious Belief

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729287 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603718.003.0008
An Evolutionary Objection to the Argument from Evil

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‘The argument from evil’, say, is any argument that concludes to the non-existence of God from premises citing facts about the existence, distribution or amount of evils contained in the world. This chapter puts a very general objection against the argument from evil. It concludes with some brief remarks about the bearing of this objection on other atheological arguments (other arguments that conclude to the non- existence of God). The objection is inspired by Plantinga’s widely discussed evolutionary argument against naturalism but relies on substantially weaker premises than those deployed by Plantinga.

Keywords: skepticism; evolution; atheism; Alvin Plantinga; evolutionary argument against naturalism; naturalism; evil; problem of evil

Chapter.  9712 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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