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Escapism, religious luck, and divine reasons for action


In our paper, ‘Escaping hell: divine motivation and the problem of hell’, we defended a theory of hell that we called ‘escapism’. We argued that, given God's just and loving character, it would be most rational for Him to maintain an open-door policy to those who are in hell, allowing them an unlimited number of chances to be reconciled with God and enjoy communion with Him. In this paper we reply to two recent objections to our original paper. The first is an argument from religious luck offered by Russell Jones. The second is an argument from Kyle Swan that alleges that our commitments about the nature of reasons for action still leaves escapism vulnerable to an objection we labelled the ‘Job objection’ in our original paper. In this paper we argue that escapism has the resources built into it needed to withstand the objections from Jones and Swan.

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Andrei A. Buckareff and Allen Plug Escaping hell: divine motivation and the problem of hell’, Religious Studies, 41 (2005), 3954

Stephen Kershnar The injustice of hell’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 58 (2005), 103123

Russell E. Jones Escapism and luck’, Religious Studies, 43 (2007), 206216

Kyle Swan Hell and divine reasons for action’, Religious Studies, 45 (2009), 5161

Linda Zagzebski Religious luck’, Faith and Philosophy, 11 (1994), 397413

Bernard Williams Moral luck’, Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 50 (1976), 115135

Joel Feinberg Problematic responsibility in law and morals’, The Philosophical Review, 71 (1962), 340351

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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