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Overview

This book offers an answer to one of the most difficult problems of religious belief: why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? Swinburne argues that God wants us to learn and to love, to make our choices about good and evil for ourselves and others on our own, to form our characters in the way we choose, and, above all, to be of great use to each other. If we are to have all these choices and commitments, then there will inevitably be suffering for the short period of our time on Earth. This controversial work concludes Swinburne's acclaimed four-volume philosophical examination of Christian doctrine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237983
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,334,937
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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