Agnosticism, Skeptical Theism, and Moral Obligation

In Trent G. Dougherty & Justin P. McBrayer (eds.), Skeptical Theism: New Essays. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

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Stephen Maitzen
Acadia University
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Skeptical theism combines theism with skepticism about our capacity to discern God’s morally sufficient reasons for permitting evil. Proponents have claimed that skeptical theism defeats the evidential argument from evil. Many opponents have objected that it implies untenable moral skepticism, induces appalling moral paralysis, and the like. Recently Daniel Howard-Snyder has tried to rebut this prevalent objection to skeptical theism by rebutting it as an objection to the skeptical part of skeptical theism, which part he labels “Agnosticism” (with an intentionally capital “A”). I argue that his rebuttal fails as a defense of Agnosticism against the objection and even more so as a defense of skeptical theism.
Keywords Philosophy of Religion, Divine Command Theory, Moral Obligation, Skepticism, Skeptical Theism, Moral Skepticism, Skepticism, Ethics and Morality, Problem of Evil, Theism, Theodicy, God
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