Sophia 20 (1):221--227 (1981)

Bruce Reichenbach
Augsburg College
First, I consider J.L. Mackie's deductive argument from evil, noting that required modifications to his premises, especially those dealing with what it is to be a good person and omnipotence, do not entail that God would be required to eliminate evil completely. Hence, no contradiction exists between God's existence, possession of certain properties, and the existence of evil. Second I evaluate McCloskey's arguments against reasons for evil often suggested by the theist: that evil is a means to achieving the good, that evil is a by-product of securing the good, and that certain goods are logically dependent on the existence of certain evils. I argue that in none of these objections is McCloskey successful.
Keywords evil  problem of evil  God  Mackie, John L.  McCloskey, H. J.  free will  virtues  omnipotence  greater good argument
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