God and Inscrutable Evil: In Defense of Theism and Atheism

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Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated, 1998 - Philosophy - 273 pages
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In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult philosophical problem confronting theism. Arguing that both a version of theism ('friendly theism') and a version of atheism ('friendly atheism') are justified on the evidence in the debate over God and evil, O'Connor concludes that a warranted outcome is a philosophical d_tente between those two positions. On the way to that conclusion he develops two arguments from evil, a reformed version of the logical argument and an indirect version of the empirical argument, and deploys both against a central formulation of theism that he describes as orthodox theism. God and Inscrutable Evil makes a valuable contribution to contemporary debates in the philosophy of religion.

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Contents

In the Spirit of Hume
29
Theism and Gratuitous Evil
49
Orthodox Theism and the Reformed Logical Problem
77
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

\David O'Connor is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University and the author of The Metaphysics of G. E. Moore.

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