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Commonsense Skeptical Theism<sup>1</sup>

Michael Bergmann

in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766864
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766864.003.0002
Commonsense Skeptical Theism1

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Commonsensism takes common-sense starting points seriously in responding to and rejecting radical skepticism. Skeptical theism endorses a sort of skepticism that, according to some, has radical skeptical implications. This suggests that there is a tension between commonsensism and skeptical theism that makes it difficult for a person rationally to hold both. In this paper, I explain why there is no tension between those two positions. This explanation is then used to respond to several recent objections to skeptical theism. Along the way I offer a theory of error to explain why people mistakenly believe, of some horrific evils, that it's just obvious that a perfectly loving God wouldn’t permit them.

Keywords: skeptical theism; common sense; problem of evil; argument from evil; suffering; theism; God; atheism; skepticism

Chapter.  11524 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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