The Response Essay is an opportunity for you to reflect on course reading and material and synthesize this material into a cogent argument answering philosophical questions and challenges.
In this module, we have discussed the chief argument against God – the “problem of evil.” In this essay, you will respond to one of our assigned chapters plus two additional articles related to the problem of evil in theism:
· “The Problem of Evil and Divine Hiddenness,” ch. 13 in Dew & Gould
· “God, Evil and the Human Good,” by Pruitt
· “C. S. Lewis on the Problem of Divine Hiddenness,” by Dumsday
Your essay, which should respond to the readings above, must answer each of the questions below:
1. Introduce your essay by briefly distinguishing the two different types of the “problem” of evil (the first two sections in Dew & Gould’s chapter) and creating a one-sentence summary of their “answer” for each. (Keep this brief.)
2. Which of Dew & Gould’s answers could be supported by Pruitt’s arguments, and how? Explain your reasoning. (300 word minimum.)
3. What stood out to you as the most intriguing (or strongest) argument that Dumsday offers? Explain your reasoning. (300 word minimum.)
4. Dew & Gould offer a fairly general answer to the problem of “divine hiddenness.” How does Dumsday’s contribution fit in there? In other words, how could Dew & Gould’s section on divine hiddenness be supported by Dumsday’s arguments? (300 word minimum.)
5. All things considered, what effect do your conclusions regarding the problem of evil have on your view of the case for God’s existence? Explain how and why.
Your essay of at least 1,000 words total must be in current MLA, APA, or Turabian format. Lengthy quotations will not count towards the minimum word count.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. Plagiarism of any kind will result in a 0 for the assignment and may result in being dropped from the course.