God, Geography, and Justice

Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 23 (2):189-216 (2015)

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Dan Linford
Purdue University
Abstract
The existence of various sufferings has long been thought to pose a problem for the existence of a personal God: the Problem of Evil. In this paper, we propose an original version of POE, in which the geographic distribution of sufferings and of opportunities for flourishing or suffering is better explained if the universe, at bottom, is indifferent to the human condition than if, as theists propose, there is a personal God from whom the universe originates: the Problem of Geography. POG moves beyond previous versions of POE because traditional responses to POE are less effective as responses to POG than they are to other versions of POE.
Keywords Problem of Evil  Theodicy  Skeptical Theism  Atheism
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DOI 10.1558/eph.v23i2.28019
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