Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 1
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Weaver, Christopher Gregory 2015. Evilism, moral rationalism, and reasons internalism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 77, Issue. 1, p. 3.


Replying to the anti-God challenge: a God without moral character acts well

  • DOI:
  • Published online: 31 March 2011

Several authors, including Stephen Law in this journal, have argued that the case for an evil God is (about) as strong as for a good God. In this article I take up the challenge on behalf of theists who, like Richard Swinburne, argue for an agent of unrestricted power and knowledge as the ultimate explanation of all contingent truths. I shall argue that an evil God is much less probable than a good one. I do so by (1) distinguishing the analogical predication of ‘good’ or ‘evil’ of God from the literal predication, (2) interpreting ‘acting in a morally good way’ to mean ‘acting like a good consequentialist’, and (3) relying on an axiarchist thesis about agency that is congenial to theists and perhaps even presupposed by theism.

Corresponding author
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Peter Forrest (1998) ‘Divine fission: a new way of moderating social trinitarianism’, Religious Studies, 34, 281297.

Peter Forrest (2007) Developmental Theism: From Pure Will to Unbounded Love (Oxford: Clarendon Press).

John Mackie (1977) Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong (Harmondsworth: Penguin).

Wallace Murphree (1997) ‘Natural theology: theism or antitheism’, Sophia, 36, 7583.

Timothy O'Connor (2008) Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency (Oxford: Blackwell).

Christopher New (1993) ‘Antitheism: a reflection’, Ratio, 6, 3643.

Richard Swinburne (1994) The Christian God (Oxford: Clarendon Press).

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
  • URL: /core/journals/religious-studies
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *