Encountering Evil: Live Options in Theodicy / Edition 1

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Overview

Eight prominent philosophers and theologians confront the problems posed by natural and human evil for theistic belief. Each thinker sets out his or her theodicy and its connections to current social and philosophical debates. The other contributors then offer critiques of each theodicy, to which its author subsequently responds. The result is a valuable introduction to philosophical and theological perspectives on contemporary evil and to the nature of discourse in the philosophy of religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664222512
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,127,230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen T. Davis is Russell K Pitzer Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 A Theodicy of Protest 1
2 An Irenaean Theodicy 38
3 Free Will and Evil 73
4 Creation out of Nothing, Creation out of Chaos, and the Problem of Evil 108
5 Theism without Theodicy 145
The Problem of Evil and the Task of Ministry 181
Afterword 191
A Divine Response: "Now Hear This" 204
Notes 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    Excellent book about the reasons evil exists.

    This book is co-written by several theologians tackling the problem of evil. Specifically, they attempt to explain how evil exists, despite the presence of a good, omnipotent God. Each contributor has different viewpoints and beliefs expressed in their essays, and has also critiqued the others' work and written his arguments. Finally, the contributors, after reading their colleagues critiques, have submitted a response to these critiques. The overall effect is a wonderful overview of the different beliefs on why God allows evil to exist in our world.

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