Why Richard Swinburne won't 'rot in hell': A defense of tough-minded theodicy [Book Review]

Sophia 49 (1):37-47 (2010)
Abstract
In his recent paper in Sophia , ‘Theodicy: The Solution to the Problem of Evil, or Part of the Problem?’ Nick Trakakis endorses the position that theodicy, whether intellectually successful or not, is a morally obnoxious enterprise. My aim in this paper is to defend theodicy from this accusation. I concede that God the Creator is a moral monster by human standards and neither to be likened to a loving parent nor imitated. Nonetheless, God is morally perfect. What is abhorrent is not tough-minded theodicy but the hubris of imitating God. I further claim that it is no accident that the same sort of objection is made to act utilitarianism as to tough-minded theodicy if the latter is misinterpreted as implying a guide for human action.
Keywords Theodicy  Anti-theodicy  Utilitarianism  Incommensurability  Moral community  Hubris  Best explanation apologetics  Horrendous evils
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