Are sin and evil necessary for a really good world?: Questions for Alvin Plantinga's Felix culpa theodicy
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Faith and Philosophy 25 (1):87-101 (2008)
Arguably, the most philosophically nuanced defense of a Felix Culpa theodicy, born out of serious theological reflection, is to be found in Alvin Plantinga’srecent article entitled “Superlapsarianism, or ‘O Felix Culpa.’” In this paper I look at Plantinga’s argument for the necessity of evil as a means to God’s fargreater ends and raise four objections to it. The arguments I give are aimed at the theological adequacy of explaining the emergence of evil as a functionalgood. I conclude that Plantinga’s Felix Culpa approach fails to demonstrate the necessity of evil for heightened intimacy with God, and collides with agent-centeredconsiderations. Moreover, I argue that all Felix Culpa theodicies reverse the apparent value God places on means and ends in the economy of salvation, while lending to evil a potentially morally and theologically distorting rational legitimacy
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. M. Weisberger (1995). Depravity, Divine Responsibility and Moral Evil: A Critique of a New Free Will Defence. Religious Studies 31 (3):375-390.
James R. Beebe, Logical Problem of Evil. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Jonathan L. Kvanvig (1994). He Who Lapse Last Lapse Best: Plantinga on Leibniz 'Lapse'. Southwest Philosophy Review 10 (1):137-146.
Richard Swinburne (1988). Does Theism Need a Theodicy? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):287 - 311.
Lars Fr H. Svendsen (2010). A Philosophy of Evil. Dalkey Archive Press.
Geoffrey Scarre (2009). Wrong That is Right? The Paradox of the 'Felix Culpa'. In Pedro Alexis Tabensky (ed.), The Positive Function of Evil. Palgrave Macmillan
David Basinger (1982). Anderson on Plantinga. Philosophy Research Archives 8:315-320.
Jerry L. Walls (1996). “As the Waters Cover the Sea”. Faith and Philosophy 13 (4):534-562.
Heimir Geirsson (2006). Plantinga and the Problem of Evil. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8:109-113.
Marilyn McCord Adams (2008). Plantinga on “Felix Culpa”. Faith and Philosophy 25 (2):123-140.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads30 ( #139,357 of 1,934,372 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #145,801 of 1,934,372 )
How can I increase my downloads?