February 26 Against Multiverse Theodicies
Brad Monton, University of Colorado-Boulder
Consider the problem of evil: there's pointless suffering in the world, hence there's no perfectly good God. Also consider the problem of no best world: no matter which universe God creates, he could have created a better one, and hence God isn't perfect, because God could have done better. To defend the existence of a perfect God against these two problems, some have proposed that God creates an infinite number of universes—every universe that contains more good than evil, for example. I will argue that this appeal to multiple universes does not actually solve either of the problems.