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The Philosophical Journey, 2/e
William Lawhead, The University of Mississippi
The Search for God
The Problem of Evil: Atheistic and Theistic Responses
The problem of evil is most accurately characterized as the difficulty of reconciling
the existence of moral evil with the existence of natural evil
the existence of theism with the existence of atheism
the existence of suffering with the existence of God
the free will defense with the natural order defense
A theodicy is best described as
a type of argument against God's existence based on the presence of evil in the world
a leap of faith
a justification for God's permitting evil to exist
a religious pilgrimage
Which of the following is not a response to the problem of evil that has been made by theists?
the greater goods defense
the methodological skepticism defense
the natural order defense
the free will defense
Which of the sorts of evil listed here does the free will defense seek to explain?
just moral evil
just natural evil
just supernatural evil
both moral and natural evil
Which of the following claims would be accepted by a supporter of the greater goods defense?
Some evils are necessary to achieving certain good ends.
The good that is achieved in the world outweighs the evil.
The same or greater amount of good in the world could not have been attained by any means that did not involve the presence of these evils.
All of the above
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