Chapter

Conclusions

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/9780199640027.003.0010
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The aim of the chapter is to review the major conclusions of the book. There are sections of the chapter discussing the principles of philosophical theology that have been shown to be no more than philosophical dogmas. Principal conclusions from the impossibility arguments from best worlds, perfect worlds and good enough worlds are described at some length. Further consequences of the impossibility arguments for some prominent atheological arguments are noted and briefly discussed. The central role of redeemable evil in the argument is mentioned again and contrasted with the role of gratuitous evil. It is a central conclusion in the book that an Anselmian God might coexist with gratuitous evil, but an Anselmian God might not coexist with irredeemable evil.

Keywords: evil; conclusions; redeemable; gratuitous; impossibility arguments; dogmas; philosophical theology

Chapter.  4201 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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