International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 17-28

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Divine intimacy and the problem of horrendous evil

  • Dennis EarlAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Coastal Carolina University Email author 

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The problem of horrendous evil is the problem of reconciling the existence of horrendous evils with the existence of a God that is nevertheless good to individuals. A solution to the problem along the lines of that proposed by Morilyn McCord Adams resolves the problem by appeal to various sorts of intimacy with God on the part of the participants in horrendous evils. One half of the problem concerns the victims of horrendous evils. A second half of the problem of horrendous evil is the same problem for those perpetrators of horrendous evils who also potentially have their lives defeated. The present paper argues not only that the intimacy such an overall strategy appeals to fails to solve the first half of the problem, but also that it makes no progress at all on the second half.


Evil Horrendous evil Divine Intimacy Forgiveness Justice Adams