Review of Metaphysics 48 (2):414-415 (1994)

Thomas Talbott
Willamette University
This is a study of the problem of hell, which is an especially difficult form of the problem of evil. Many religious traditions postulate a final separation between the righteous and the unrighteous, between those who receive eternal life and those who do not. If some never receive eternal life, but are instead either annihilated or eternally estranged from God, that would seem to be a purely gratuitous evil; as Kvanvig points out, such evil could in no way be "redressed by further good, at any rate, not by future good". So for these religious traditions, the question is acute: How could such gratuitous evil exist in a universe that an omnipotent and perfectly loving God supposedly governs?
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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