In Kelly Clark (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Religion. Broadview (2008)
Daniel Howard-Snyder
Western Washington University
This paper summarizes a version of the argument from evil for atheism and then assesses several theodicies, including those that appeal to punishment, evil as a necessary counterpart for good, free will, natural evil as natural consequence, natural law, higher-order goods, and the conjunctive "Big Reason" including all the above and more beside.
Keywords theism  atheism  problem of evil  argument from evil  theodicy  suffering  God
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