Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed

Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Chad V. Meister


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Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed by Chad V. Meister

Evil is ubiquitous. But why does it exist, why is it so pervasive, and how should we think about and respond to it? In a rigorous but lively way, Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed explores these questions and much more, and it does so from both theistic and non-theistic perspectives, from both the East and the West. It examines traditional philosophical and theological problems raised by the existence of widespread evil, and it also engages with more recent ones, from new challenges posed by scientific advances in evolutionary theory, neuroscience, and cosmology, to concerns of climate change and environmental degradation, to questions raised by increasing religious and secular violence. The overall goal is to provide a thoughtful, engaging, even-handed guide to examining both classical and contemporary issues raised by the reality and ubiquity of evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501324277
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/22/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.61(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Chad V. Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel College, Indiana, USA. He is the author or editor of 20 books, many of them on evil, including The Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil (co-edited with Paul Moser), God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views (co-edited with James Dew), and the six-volume The History of Evil (co-edited with Charles Taliaferro). He is also general co-editor of the series Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. What is Evil?
2. Problems of Evil
3. Free Will and Soul Making Theodicies
4. A Global Theodicy of Fulfillment
5. Anti-Theodicy, Misotheism, and Theodicy of Protest
6. The Problem of Divine Hiddenness
7. Evil, Atheism, and the Problem of Good
8. Evil and Suffering in Hinduism and Buddhism
9. Eternal Goods and the Triumph over Evil

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