Chapter

Redeeming Worlds

Michael J. Almeida

in Freedom, God, and Worlds

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640027
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640027.003.0009
Redeeming Worlds

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The chapter aims to distinguish unredeemed evil and gratuitous evil. Gratuitously evil states of affairs are not in general irredeemably evil states of affairs. Evils states of affairs are gratuitous and redeemable relative to worlds. And evil states of affairs that are redeemed might nonetheless be gratuitous evils. Redeemed worlds might not be as good, overall, as some worlds including no gratuitous evil at all. Still, in redeemed worlds, there are no instances of unredeemed evil. On the other hand, some redeemed worlds might be better than worlds containing no gratuitous evil. It might be better that the gratuitous evil in a world is redeemed than that the gratuitous evil is eliminated or prevented altogether.

Keywords: redeemed; worlds; gratuitous; evil; irredeemable evil

Chapter.  7494 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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