Rowe’s new evidential argument from evil: Problems and prospects [Book Review]

Sophia 45 (1):57-77 (2006)
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This paper examines an evidential argument from evil recently defended by William Rowe, one that differs significantly from the kind of evidential argument Rowe has become renowned for defending. After providing a brief outline of Rowe’s new argument, I contest its seemingly uncontestable premise that our world is not the best world God could have created. I then engage in a lengthier discussion of the other key premise in Rowe’s argument, viz., the Leibnizian premise that any world created by God must be the best world God can create. In particular, I discuss the criticisms raised against this premise by William Wainwright as well as Rowe’s attempt to meet these criticisms. The Wainwright-Rowe exchange, I argue, highlights some insuperable difficulties in Rowe’s challenge to theism.



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Nick Trakakis
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Evil and God's Freedom in Creation.William Rowe - 1999 - American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (2):101 - 113.

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