Problems of Evil

In Nick Trakakis (ed.), The Problem of Evil: Eight Views in Dialogue. Oxford, UK: pp. 68-80 (2018)
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This paper is a very broad-brush introduction to my way of thinking about problems of evil. While I note some of the places in which my views are controversial, I attempt neither justification nor defence. I say little about arguments from evil; I have had plenty to say about this elsewhere. I begin with an account of worldviews, and the proper ways to go about comparing and assessing worldviews. I argue that many theorists—both theists and naturalists—greatly over-estimate the significance of considerations concerning the distribution of evil in our universe for the evaluation of the comparative theoretical virtues of theism and naturalism. I am tempted to think that, in fact, theists do typically incur ‘additional’ theoretical commitments because of the explanations they give of the distribution of evil in our universe. However, whether theists typically incur ‘additional’ theoretical commitments because of the explanations that they give of the distribution of evil in our universe has no special significance for either the second (‘internal’) or third (‘comparative’) stages of the assessment of best formulations of theistic and naturalistic worldviews.
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