God and Inscrutable Evil; In Defense of Theism and Atheism

God and Inscrutable Evil; In Defense of Theism and Atheism

by David O'Connor
     
 

In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult philosophical problem confronting theism. Arguing that both a version of theism ('friendly theism') and a version of atheism ('friendly atheism') are justified on the evidence in the debate over God and evil,

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In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult philosophical problem confronting theism. Arguing that both a version of theism ('friendly theism') and a version of atheism ('friendly atheism') are justified on the evidence in the debate over God and evil, O'Connor concludes that a warranted outcome is a philosophical d_tente between those two positions. On the way to that conclusion he develops two arguments from evil, a reformed version of the logical argument and an indirect version of the empirical argument, and deploys both against a central formulation of theism that he describes as orthodox theism. God and Inscrutable Evil makes a valuable contribution to contemporary debates in the philosophy of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847687640
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Theism's Problem of Evil1
2In the Spirit of Hume29
3Theism and Gratuitous Evil49
4Orthodox Theism and the Reformed Logical Problem of Natural Evil77
5Swinburne's Greater-Good Defense93
6Plantinga's Free-Will Defense113
7Schlesinger's No-Best-Possible-World Defense149
8The Empirical Problem of Evil (1)175
9The Empirical Problem Of Evil (2)183
10Skeptical Theism and Friendly Atheism199
11A Wider Detente227
Notes237
Index267
About the Author275

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