Intentionality, evil, God, and necessity

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In an article in this issue, Kenneth Pearce suggests a novel solution to the 'logical problem of evil'. That is, he defends the consistency of the obtaining of evil with the existence of an omnipotent and good creator. The basic idea of Pearce's solution to the logical problem of evil is that according to the teleological theory of intentionality, which is self-consistent and consistent with the claim that God exists, some evil is necessary for the existence of created minds, and this evil is outweighed by the good that is involved in the existence of created minds. The present article argues that this suggestion fails to solve the problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-446
Number of pages11
JournalReligious Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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