The logical problem of evil: Mackie and Plantinga

In Justin McBrayer & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 19-33 (2013)
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Daniel Howard-Snyder
Western Washington University
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J.L. Mackie’s version of the logical problem of evil is a failure, as even he came to recognize. Contrary to current mythology, however, its failure was not established by Alvin Plantinga’s Free Will Defense. That’s because a defense is successful only if it is not reasonable to refrain from believing any of the claims that constitute it, but it is reasonable to refrain from believing the central claim of Plantinga’s Free Will Defense, namely the claim that, possibly, every essence suffers from transworld depravity
Keywords problem of evil  atheism  free will defense  transworld depravity  transworld sanctity  interworld plenitude  intraworld plenitude  Plantinga
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