Philo 6 (2):280-298 (2003)

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Laurence Carlin
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Abstract
A traditional and widespread belief among theists is that God administers punishment for sins and/or immoral actions. In this paper, Iargue that there is good reason to believe that the infliction of any suffering on humans by God (i.e., a perfectly just being) is morally unjustified. This is important not only because it conflicts with a deeply entrenched religious belief, but also because, as I show, a number of recent argumentative strategies employed by theistic philosophers require that divine punishment be morally justifiable. I conclude, then, that the arguments put forth by these theistic philosophers do not succeed
Keywords Philosophy and Religion
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ISBN(s) 1098-3570
DOI 10.5840/philo20036221
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