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Skeptical Theism: New Essays

Trent Dougherty and Justin P. McBrayer


Given that we meet evils in every quarter of the world, could it be governed by an all-good and all-powerful deity? Some philosophers say no and claim that the problem of evil is good evidence for atheism. Other philosophers say yes and claim that all of the evils in our world can be explained as requirements for deeper goods. And still other philosophers say yes but demur on the task of explaining the role of evils in our world. Philosophers who believe in God and yet take this latter route are called “skeptical theists.” Such thinkers are skeptical about human abilities to determine whether ... More

Keywords: skeptical theism, God, evil, problem of evil, epistemic humility, CORNEA, evidence, Bayes’s theorem, belief revision, theodicy

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trent Dougherty, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University

Justin P. McBrayer, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fort Lewis College

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Part I Knowledge and Epistemic Humility

Part II Debating CORNEA

Part III Skeptical Theism’s Implications for Theism

16 Skeptical Demonism:

Wes Morriston

17 Divine Deception

Erik J. Wielenberg

Part IV Skeptical Theism’s Implications for Morality