God, Schmod and Gratuitous Evil


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Daniel Howard-Snyder
Western Washington University
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It is common these days for theists to argue that we aren’t justified in believing atheism on the basis of evil. They claim that neither facts about particular horrors nor more holistic considerations pertaining to the magnitude, kinds and distribution of evil can ground atheism since we can't tell whether any evil is gratuitous.1 In this paper we explore a novel strategy for shedding light on these issues: we compare the atheist who claims that there is no morally sufficient reason for certain evils with the physicist who claims that there is no causally sufficient reason for some events
Keywords God  evil  suffering  theism  atheism
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DOI 10.2307/2108257
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