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Evil

Evil

by Chad Meister
     
 

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One of the most perplexing problems facing believers in God is the problem of evil. The words of Epicurus put the point concisely: "Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why

Overview

One of the most perplexing problems facing believers in God is the problem of evil. The words of Epicurus put the point concisely: "Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?" This is a difficult problem to unpick and it remains an issue that continues to concern people and inspire debate.

The problem has taken a variety of forms over the centuries; in fact, there are numerous "problems" of evil—problems for theists but, perhaps surprisingly, problems for non-theists as well. Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed explores, in a rigorous but engaging way, central challenges to religious belief raised by evil and suffering in the world as well as significant responses to them from both theistic and non-theistic perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441121714
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Series:
Guides for the Perplexed Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Chad Meister is Director of the Philosophy Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College, Indiana, USA. His published and forthcoming publicationsinclude: Introducing Philosophy of Religion (Routledge), Christian Thought: An Introduction (co-authored with James Stump; Routledge),Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues (co-edited with Paul Copan; Wiley-Blackwell), The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity (editor; OUP), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (co-edited with Paul Copan; Routledge), The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology (co-edited with Charles Taliaferro; CUP)

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