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The Existence of God$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001

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The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil

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(p.236) 11 The Problem of Evil
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The Existence of God
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.003.0012

It is a good thing that humans should have the opportunity to choose freely between good and evil; and so it is also good that there should be natural evil — to give us the knowledge of how to bring about good and evil events ourselves, and to give us the opportunity to react to suffering with courage and sympathy. God has a limited right to bring about evil for a good purpose. In order to give us greater freedom, he has good reason to remain ‘hidden’ for a limited time. The existence of moral and natural evil, and divine ‘hiddeness’ do not therefore provide arguments of much strength against the existence of God.

Keywords:   hiddenness, good, moral, divine, Schellenberg

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