Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil

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Peter Van Inwagen
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 316 pages
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The problem of evil has challenged religious minds and hearts throughout the ages. Just how can the presence of suffering, tragedy, and wrongdoing be squared with the all-powerful, all-loving God of faith? This book gathers some of the best, most meaningful recent reflections on the problem of evil, with contributions by shrewd thinkers in the areas of philosophy, theology, literature, linguistics, and sociology.

In addition to bringing new insights to the old problem of evil, "Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil is set apart from similar volumes by the often-novel approaches its authors take to the subject. Many of the essays pursue classic lines in speculative philosophy, but others address the problem of evil through biblical criticism, the thought of Simone Weil, and the faith of battered women and African American slaves. As a result, this book will interest a wide range of readers.

Contributors: Paul Draper
Eduardo J. Echeverria
Laura Waddell Ekstrom
Steven Griffith
Del Kiernan-Lewis
Richard T. McClelland
Barbara Omolade
Richard Otte
Alvin Plantinga
John R. Schneider
Robert Stanley
Peter van Inwagen
Carol Winkelmann
David M. Woodruff
Keith D. Wyma

  

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Contents

In the Bible It Can Be So Harsh
148
Normal Narcissism and the Need for Theodicy
185
God Evil and the Thought of Simone Weil
207
Faith Confronts Evil
277
Contributors
315
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Peter van Inwagen is John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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