The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil

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A&C Black, 11‏/10‏/2006 - 272 من الصفحات

An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book `Evil and the God of Love`.
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Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent,omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal ( a practical matter).
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Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? he starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong.
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Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is ` Why is there not more good than there is`. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes int e arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy.
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This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.
 

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The Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, disease, and natural disasters: the coexistence of these and similarly dreadful phenomena with a supposedly omniscient and wholly good God is often referred to as ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

The reality of God and the problem of evil

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How can a good God allow the tremendous evils that we see around us every day? Some would argue that the very existence of evil disproves the existence of God. Others would say that evil does not ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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Introduction
1
1 The Problem of Evil
7
2 God the Creator
31
3 Identifying God
58
4 Gods Moral Standing
84
I
112
II
140
7 Evil Causation and God
173
8 Goodness Love and Reasons
197
9 God Evil and Goodness
222
Is God Morally Indifferent?
251
Bibliography
256
Index
261
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Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, USA. His publications include An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2003) and The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 1992).

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