A defence of skeptical theism



Problem of evil, Skeptical theism


According to The Evidentialist problem of Evil, the existence of disproportionate, prima facie gratuitous evil and suffering in the world is enough evidence against the existence of the Omnipotent, Perfectly Loving, Omniscient God of Classical Theism. A contemporary way of dealing with this argument is Skeptical Theism , for which the very fact that there is an huge amount of evil that looks gratuitous to us does not mean that we can reasonably believe whether this evil is indeed gratuitous or not . In this paper, I present and discuss a number of influential criticisms against this view according to which a proponent of Skeptical Theism will be forced to accept a number of unpalatable skeptical conclusions. I argue that this is not the case.


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Biografia do Autor

Nicola Claudio Salvatore, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos

PhD Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. Assistant Professor at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo (RS).


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SALVATORE, N. C. A defence of skeptical theism. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 44, n. 4, p. 293–312, 2022. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/manuscrito/article/view/8668917. Acesso em: 6 out. 2022.