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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 2, Issue 4, october 1985

Symposium on the Logic of Religious Concepts

Eleonore Stump
Pages 392-423
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil19852443

The Problem of Evil

This paper considers briefly the approach to the problem of evil by Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, and John Hick and argues that none of these approaches is entirely satisfactory. The paper then develops a different strategy for dealing with the problem of evil by expounding and taking seriously three Christian claims relevant to the problem: Adam fell; natural evil entered the world as a result of Adam's fall; and after death human beings go either to heaven or hell. Properly interpreted, these claims form the basis for a consistent and coherent Christian solution to the problem of evil.