Skeptical Theism: New Essays

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Trent Dougherty, Justin P. McBrayer
Oxford University Press, 2014 - Philosophy - 337 pages
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Given that we meet evils in every quarter of the world, could it be governed by an all-good and all-powerful deity? Whilst some philosophers argue that the problem of evil is strong evidence for atheism, others claim that all of the evils in our world can be explained as requirements for deeper goods. On the other hand, skeptical theists believe in God, but struggle with the task of explaining the role of evils in our world.

Skeptical theism tackles the problem of evil by proposing a limited skepticism about the purposes of God, and our abilities to determine whether any given instance is truly an example of gratuitous evil. This collection of 22 original essays presents cutting-edge work on skeptical theistic responses to the problem of evil and the persistent objections that such responses invite. Divided into four sections, the volume discusses the epistemology of sceptical theism, conditions of reasonable epistemic access, the implications for theism, and the implications for morality.

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Part II Debating CORNEA
Part III Skeptical Theisms Implications for Theism
Part IV Skeptical Theisms Implications for Morality

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Trent Dougherty is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He publishes regularly in epistemology and philosophy of religion. He is editor of Evidentialism and Its Discontents (OUP 2011) and author of The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small (Palgrave MacMillan forthcoming).

Justin P. McBrayer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He works in both philosophy of religion and ethics. He is the co-editor of Introducing Ethics: A Critical Thinking Approach with Readings (OUP 2013) and The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (Wiley Blackwell 2013).

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