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Law, Stephen (2015) The Pandora’s Box Objection to Skeptical Theism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 78 (3), pp. 285-299. [Journal Article]

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    Skeptical theism is a leading response to the evidential argument from evil against the existence of God. Skeptical theists attempt to block the inference from the existence of inscrutable evils (evil for which we can think of no God-justifying reason) to gratuitous evils (evils for which there is no God justifying reason) by insisting that given our cognitive limitations, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were God-justifying reasons we can’t think of. A well-known objection to skeptical theism is that it opens up a skeptical Pandora’s box, generating implausibly wide-ranging forms of skepticism, including skepticism about the external world and past. This paper looks at several responses to this Pandora’s box objection, including a popular response devised by Beaudoin and Bergmann. I find that all of the examined responses fail. It appears the Pandora’s box objection to skeptical theism still stands.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 12:58
    Last Modified: 27 May 2016 20:30
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2218

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