Special Issue "Is the God of Traditional Theism Logically Compatible with All the Evil in the World?"
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At least since the exchange between Alvin Plantinga and John Mackie in the 1970s, theists and atheists alike have tended to agree that the all-good, all-powerful God of traditional theism is logically compatible with all the evil in the world. Accordingly, the only question left open by this consensus concerns whether an evidential or probabilistic argument against the existence of God could be provided. It has been on that question that subsequent debate between theists and atheists has tended to focus.
Recently, however, I published Is a Good God Logically Possible? (Palgrave paperback 2019), in which I argue—in opposition to this long-held consensus—that the all-good, all-powerful God of traditional theism is logically incompatible with all the evil in the world. The novelty of this argument led to an author-meets-critics session last year at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Religion in San Diego, and to other public discussions and challenges as well. Given that, in my judgment, my argument has so far survived its initial onslaught of critics, I thought it entirely appropriate to have this Special Issue focus on the general question to which my book is devoted.
Now some contributors may want to develop their own argument for why the God of traditional theism is logically incompatible with all the evil in the world, but then they should indicate how their argument compares to mine. Other contributors may want to develop their own independent argument for why the God of traditional theism is logically compatible with all the evil in the world, but then they should indicate as well how their argument undermines, or at least helps to undermine, the argument of my book. The ten essays that will comprise this Special Issue should make for exciting reading. A resolution of this topic is about as important as it gets in philosophy.
Prof. Dr. James Sterba
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- Alvin Plantinga
- John Mackie
- God of traditional theism
- logical argument from evil
- evidential or probabilistic argument from evil
- Free-Will Defense
- Pauline Principle
- skeptical theism
- an ideally just and powerful political state