Rowe's evidential arguments from evil

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Abstract

I present Rowe’s various evidential arguments from evil and argue that they are unsuccessful, that is, not such as ought to persuade Theists to renounce their Theism. Nonetheless, I insist that the kinds of considerations to which Rowe appeals in his arguments advert to evidence that really does favor Naturalism over Theism. Moreover, I argue that some well-known Skeptical Theist arguments do not overturn the conclusion that horrendous evil is evidence that favors Naturalism over Theism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil
EditorsJustin P. McBrayer, Daniel Howard-Snyder
Place of PublicationChichester UK
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages49-66
Number of pages18
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781118608005
ISBN (Print)9780470671849
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Evidential argument from evil
  • Evil
  • Howard-snyder
  • Naturalism
  • Rowe
  • Sceptical theism

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