Providence and the Problem of Evil [NOOK Book]

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Why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? This is one of the most difficult problems of religious belief. Richard Swinburne gives a careful, clear examination of this problem, and offers an answer: it is because God wants more for us than just pleasure or freedom from suffering. Swinburne argues that God wants humans to learn and to love, to make the choices which make great differences for good and evil to each other, to form our characters in the way we choose; aboveall to be of great use to each ...
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Overview

Why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? This is one of the most difficult problems of religious belief. Richard Swinburne gives a careful, clear examination of this problem, and offers an answer: it is because God wants more for us than just pleasure or freedom from suffering. Swinburne argues that God wants humans to learn and to love, to make the choices which make great differences for good and evil to each other, to form our characters in the way we choose; aboveall to be of great use to each other. If we are to have all this, there will inevitably be suffering for the short period of our lives on Earth. But because of the good that God gives to humans in this life, and because he makes it possible for us, through our choice, to share the life of Heaven,he does not wrong us if he allows suffering.Providence and the Problem of Evil is the final volume of Richard Swinburne's acclaimed tetralogy on Christian doctrine. It may be read on its own as a self-standing treatment of this eternal philosophical issue. Readers who are interested in a unified study of the philosophical foundations of Christian belief will find it now in the tetralogy and in his trilogy on the philosophy of theism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606854
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 8/27/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Swinburne has been Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford since 1985; he is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Need for Theodicy 3
2 Theodicy in Christian Tradition 30
3 Beauty 49
4 Thought and Feeling 54
5 Action 82
6 Worship 111
7 The Fact of Moral Evil; and Free Will 125
8 The Range of Moral Evil; and Responsibility 138
9 Natural Evil and the Scope for Response 160
10 Natural Evil and the Possibility of Knowledge 176
11 The Evils of Sin and Agnosticism 193
12 God's Right 223
13 Weighing Good against Bad 237
Additional Notes 253
Index 259
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