Intentionality, Belief, and the Logical Problem of Evil

Religious Studies (forthcoming)
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Kenneth L. Pearce
Trinity College, Dublin
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This paper provides a new defence against the logical problem of evil, based on the naturalistic functional/teleological theory of mind (NFT). I argue that if the NFT is self-consistent then it is consistent with theism. Further, the NFT entails that it is not possible for created minds to exist in the absence of evil. It follows that if the NFT is self-consistent then the existence of God is consistent with the existence of evil.
Keywords logical problem of evil  intentionality  belief  philosophy of religion  existence of God
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