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Religions 2018, 9(2), 43;

The Problem of Evil and the Grammar of Goodness

Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121, USA
Received: 5 January 2018 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 20 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theodicy)
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I consider the two 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. Both presume that it is coherent to predicate goodness (or greatness) of God. But if Peter Geach’s claim that goodness is logically attributive is cogent, then both arguments fall to the ground. View Full-Text
Keywords: god; evil; goodness; religion god; evil; goodness; religion
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