The “Loving Parent” analogy

The “Loving Parent” analogy A crucial part of William Rowe’s evidential argument from evil implies that God, like a loving parent, would ensure that every suffering person would be aware of his comforting presence. Rowe’s use of the “loving parent” analogy however fails to survive scrutiny as it implies that God maximally loves all persons. It is the argument of this paper that no one could maximally love every person; and whatever variation there is in the divine love undercuts the claim that every suffering person would be aware of the divine presence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Springer Journals

The “Loving Parent” analogy

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies, general; Non-Western Philosophy
ISSN
0020-7047
eISSN
1572-8684
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11153-017-9623-4
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Abstract

A crucial part of William Rowe’s evidential argument from evil implies that God, like a loving parent, would ensure that every suffering person would be aware of his comforting presence. Rowe’s use of the “loving parent” analogy however fails to survive scrutiny as it implies that God maximally loves all persons. It is the argument of this paper that no one could maximally love every person; and whatever variation there is in the divine love undercuts the claim that every suffering person would be aware of the divine presence.

Journal

International Journal for Philosophy of ReligionSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 11, 2017

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