Evil Beyond Belief

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A general overview of the entire problem of evil from a philosophical perspective. Avoiding excessive technical and formal philosophical language, it includes many user-friendly features including interesting examples, a glossary of key terms, as well as sources for further study.
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Given the existence of evil, is it rational to believe in God? If God knows all and is almighty, then he can eliminate evil. If he were omnibenevolent, would he not want to do so? How, then, can God exist, if there is evil? So runs a famous challenge to theism. In this lucid survey, Petrik argues strongly that the challenge can be met. He considers both the logical problem--is the existence of God logically incompatible with evil?--and the evidential problem--does the amount of evil that actually exists make the existence of God unlikely? His solution to the problems emphasizes the value of libertarian free will, the coherence of which he cogently defends. Petrik explains difficult issues in a way that students will find useful. At the same time, his book manifests careful thought and will be of interest to professional philosophers. Highly recommended.--David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Logical Version of the Problem of Evil 3
Ch. 2 The Challenge of Compatibilism 13
Ch. 3 A Case for Libertarianism 32
Ch. 4 The Possibility of Moral Perfection 52
Ch. 5 The Matter of Middle Knowledge 63
Ch. 6 What's the Good of Free Will? 77
Ch. 7 Natural Evils 97
Ch. 8 Inscrutable Evils 111
Ch. 9 Horrendous Evils and the Good of Procreation 125
Ch. 10 Belief Beyond Evil 133
Notes 139
Glossary of Terms 159
Bibliography 161
Index 165
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