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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Problem of Evil 1
Pt. 1 Classic Statements of the Problem
Traditional Treatments
Job's Complaint and the Whirlwind's Answer 23
No Evil Comes from God 31
Evil and the God of Religion 39
Modern Treatments
Rebellion 57
Physical Suffering and the Justice of God 67
Night 79
Pt. 2 Versions of the Problem of Evil
The Logical Problem
Evil and Omnipotence 89
The Free Will Defenses 103
The Evidential Problem
Is Evil Evidence against the Existence of God? 135
Evil as Evidence against God's Existence 141
The Existential Problem
On Regretting the Evils of This World 153
Redemptive Suffering: A Christian Solution to the Problem of Evil 169
Pt. 3 Perspectives in Theodicy
Augustinian Theodicy
A Good Creation's Capacity for Evil 191
Augustine and the Denial of Genuine Evils 197
Irenaean Theodicy
The World as a Vale of Soul-Making 215
The Loving God: Some Observations on Hick's Theodicy 231
Process Theodicy
Divine Persuasion and the Triumph of Good 247
Evil and Persuasive Powers 267
Pt. 4 Issues in the Problem of Evil
God and the Best Possible World
Must God Create the Best? 275
God, Moral Perfection, and Possible Worlds 289
Natural Evils and Natural Laws
Natural Evil 303
Knowledge, Freedom, and the Problem of Evil 317
Defense and Theodicy
Why Plantinga Must Move from Defense to Theodicy 331
Ad Walls 335
Theoretical and Practical Theodicy
Taking Suffering Seriously 339
Can Theodicy Be Avoided? The Claim of Unredeemed Evils 351
Bibliography 367
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