Evil and Agent-Causal Theism

In W. Paul Franks (ed.), Explaining Evil: Four Views. New York, NY, USA: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 11-28 (2019)

Richard Brian Davis
Tyndale University College
In this chapter, I attempt to show that evil exists only if what I call Agent Causal Theism (ACT) is true. According to ACT, human beings are immaterial, conscious agents endued (by God) with a power of self-motion: the power to think, decide, and act for ends in light of reasons, but without being externally caused to do so (even by God himself). By contrast, I argue that there is no space for evil in the worldviews of naturalistic Darwinism or theistic Calvinism.
Keywords Theism  Darwinism  Calvinism  Agent Causation  Free Will  Samuel Clarke  C. S. Lewis
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