The Many Faces of Evil: Theological Systems and the Problems of Evil

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In this examination of the questions posed by the problem of evil, John Feinberg addresses the intellectual and theological framework of theodicy. Beginning with a discussion of the logical problem of evil, he interacts with leading thinkers who have previously written on these themes.

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Overview

In this examination of the questions posed by the problem of evil, John Feinberg addresses the intellectual and theological framework of theodicy. Beginning with a discussion of the logical problem of evil, he interacts with leading thinkers who have previously written on these themes.

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"Feinberg's classic treatment of the problem of evil has been a standard treatment of this philosophical issue for some time. Coming from the Augustinian/Reformed tradition, it is a vigorous defense of both God's sovereignty and human responsibility. This new edition makes an already great book even better, as Feinberg has been able to incorporate new material in his debates and conversation with people like Rowe and Plantinga. This is surely one of the most important books ever written on the problem of evil. Those who ignore it will find their own understanding of the issue impoverished, especially in light of the current discussion."
Chad Owen Brand, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"The Many Faces of Evil presents an excellent overview and response to the logical, evidential, and existential aspects of the problem. Those who expect insightful, decisive analyses from John Feinberg will not be disappointed. Crossway Books is also to be commended for its ongoing tradition of strong scholarly publications. This is a 'must read' text."
Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Philosophy Dept, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

"In this updated edition, Feinberg continues to press home the message that there are many versions of the problem of evil and that, in fact, there are many successful solutions to these versions as well. Feinberg gives a thorough presentation of the alternatives as well as of his own position. A valuable resource!"
Winfried Corduan, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Taylor University

"This latest edition of The Many Faces of Evil is a gem. It provides extensive analyses of various statements of the problem of evil as well as responses that can be offered from a variety of Christian perspectives. Feinberg shows that both the problem and the response to the problem will vary, depending on one's understanding of God and of evil. His own position is offered in dialogue with major classic and contemporary discussions of the problem of evil."
Ronald J. Feenstra, Director of Doctoral Studies, Calvin Theological Seminary

"The Many Faces of Evil is a thorough, clear, and highly competent treatment of a perennial problem. At times, it is painful and moving to read. All of us can learn much from it."
Keith E. Yandell, Julius R. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Madison

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581345674
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Feinberg (PhD, University of Chicago) is department chair and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and is general editor of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition 11
Preface to the Revised Edition 13
Preface to the Third (Revised and Expanded) Edition 15
1 Introduction 17
Section I The Logical Problem of Evil
2 Theonomy and the Problem of Evil 33
3 Leibniz and the Problem of Evil 45
4 The Free Will Defense 67
5 Several Contemporary Modified Rationalist Theologies 123
6 God and Moral Evil 165
7 God and Natural Evil 191
Section II The Evidential Problem of Evil
8 Evil as Evidence 207
9 Atheistic Arguments from Evil 215
10 Theists and the Evidential Argument from Evil 261
11 Theists and Evil as Evidence (II) 303
12 Evil and Evidence 357
Section III The Problem of Hell
13 Hell and the Problem of Evil 395
Section IV The Religious Problem of Evil
14 The Religious Problem of Evil 447
15 The Religious Problem: Uses of Suffering 477
Appendix Strategy of Theodicy and Defense-Making 489
Notes 491
Index 533
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