Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xx + 337. isbn 978-0-19-875739-9.Trent Dougherty and Justin McBrayer’s Skeptical Theism: New Essays is a collection of twenty-two essays by leading lights in religious epistemology. The essays are well-argued and briskly presented, and Dougherty and McBrayer’s preface and analytic table of contents for the essays are helpful and clear. The most impressive feature of this collection is how consistently the editors have encouraged the contributors to critically interact. Plenty of collections have contributions that are mutually relevant, but this collection has four well-organized exchanges in addition to stand-alone articles. We will pay particular attention to these more dialectical components of the volume and then turn to a few questions regarding how the issues with skeptical theism impact questions in philosophy of religion and skepticism more generally.Skeptical theism, itself, is a picture of a dialectical philosophical view, as one appreciates its significance only as a move designed to undercut justification for a critical premise in atheistic arguments from evil. The argument from evil runs that there seems to be no justifying reason for God to allow horrendous evils, and since God would not be God were He to do so, we have grounds for
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
Published: Aug 19, 2017
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