Reality Of God And The Problem Of Evil

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Overview

An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book 'Evil and the God of Lovè.

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Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent,omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal ( a practical matter).

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Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? he starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong.

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Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is ' Why is there not more good than there i&sgrave;. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes int e arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy.

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This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.

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Editorial Reviews

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How can a good God allow the tremendous evils that we see around us every day? Some would argue that the very existence of evil disproves the existence of God. Others would say that evil does not really exist. Davies (philosophy, Fordham Univ.) thinks that both of these approaches are faulty. Drawing on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas but making it his own in a way that allows him to respond to more contemporary statements of the problem, Davies, a Dominican priest, does not try to explain away evil. Instead, he concentrates on showing that a recognition of the existence of evil does not preclude belief in a good God. This is a well-written consideration of a perennial topic, written by a veteran teacher who knows how to make abstract ideas understandable through the use of relevant examples. Readers looking for a more popular treatment of the topic, told from a Jewish perspective, would still do well to consult Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826492418
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/11/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 848,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, USA. His publications include An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2003) and The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 1992).
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Table of Contents

1. The Problem of Evil 2. God the Creator 3. Identifying God 4. God's Moral Standing 5. How Not to Exonerate God 6.Evil, Causation and God 7. Goodness Love and Reason 9. God, Evil and Goodness

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