The Puzzle of Evil

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1997 - Philosophy - 205 pages
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Many people who dismiss belief in God do so because this question seems to have no answer. Either God has the power to prevent evil and is cruel enough not to, or does not have the power and is not worth believing in.

Peter Vardy's incisive new book sets out to explain the issues on the sides of believers and non-believers, drawing upon the work of both secular and religious writers. Complex arguments are expressed in clear and entertaining language, even as Vardy invites us to reach new and often startling conclusions.

  

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Contents

Letter to the Reader
9
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
11
The Problem Stated
13
A Gods Eye View
21
The Free Will Defence
37
i The Free Will Defence outlined
38
ii The nature of freedom
41
iii The Utopia Thesis
44
Conclusion to the Problem of Evil
81
THE MYSTERY OF EVIL
85
Introduction
87
The Euthyphro Dilemma
91
Albrecht Ritschl Absolute Value Judgements
100
God Almighty
110
Can God Act in the World?
125
Animal Suffering and Physical Evil
140

iv The FWD defended
48
Natural Evil
54
i The Devil and natural evil
56
ii Is this the best of all possible worlds?
60
iii Matter as evil
68
Is It All Worth It?
73
Moral Evil Job and Ivan
153
The Devil and All His Works
168
The Challenge of Freedom
184
Conclusion
201
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About the author (1997)

Peter Vardy has been Vice Principal of Heythrop College since 1999. He lectures extensively internationally to teachers and students and has a commitment to providing a spiritual perspective in an increasing secular and post-modern world

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