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The Problem of Evil

David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls

in Good God

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751808
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751808.003.0009
The Problem of Evil

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Whereas some are moved by the moral law within, others see the moral imperfections and injustices of this world and think the weight of moral evidence stands against the existence of a good and loving God. This chapter takes on a contemporary proponent of the evidential problem of evil, Bruce Russell, and answers his latest version of this important argument from natural atheology. Two analogies of his are considered and critiqued. Free will and stable natural laws introduce the possibility of moral and natural evils without making those evils themselves such that they make for a better world.

Keywords: evidential problem of evil; good parent analogy; Russell's analogy; free will; stable natural

Chapter.  7140 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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