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Michael J. Almeida
University of Texas, San Antonio (San Antonio, TX 78249-1644)

Faculty Research Awards
Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2006

Skeptical Defense and Rational Belief

Skeptical theism is the most popular theistic response to evidential arguments from evil. I show that (even the best) versions of skeptical theism result in a moral, modal, and theistic skepticism that cannot be quarantined. These results are unacceptable. I conclude that skeptical theism should be abandoned. The rationality of theistic belief is nonetheless rescued, I argue, since the best evidential arguments embody significant logical (and philosophical) flaws.