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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806967.001.0001

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The Evidential Weight of Social Evil

The Evidential Weight of Social Evil

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(p.47) 3 The Evidential Weight of Social Evil
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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 8
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Joseph Corabi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806967.003.0003

Social evil—pain and suffering caused by game-theoretic interactions among agents—has recently received attention as a newly recognized and potentially problematic kind of evidence against theism. After an initial introduction to social evil and discussion of why it might be thought to constitute evidence against theism, I argue that social evil is in fact much rarer than it might initially appear to be, at least when we adopt a Christian ethical framework. In addition, I argue that the genuine social evils that remain after scrutiny do not provide significant new evidence against the existence of God.

Keywords:   Social Evil, Prisoner’s Dilemma, Problem of Evil, Moral Evil, Natural Evil

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