The Problem of Evil and the Grammar of Goodness

Religions 9 (2018)
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Here I consider the two most venerated arguments about the existence of God: the Ontological Argument and the Argument from Evil. The Ontological Argument purports to show that God’s nature guarantees that God exists. The Argument from Evil purports to show that God’s nature, combined with some plausible facts about the way the world is, guarantees (or is very compelling grounds for thinking) that God does not exist. Obviously, both arguments cannot be sound. But I argue here that they are both unsound for the very same reason.

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Eric Wiland
University of Missouri, St. Louis


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