God, evil, and design: an introduction to the philosophical issues
Although vast and complex, the universe is orderly in many ways, and conditions at its beginning were right for the eventual evolution of life on this planet. But with life there is death, and with sentient life there is great pain and suffering, often with no apparent justification or purpose. Taking these things together, is it reasonable to conclude that the universe was brought about by God? Moreover, does the magnitude of seemingly pointless suffering square with the idea that God exists, or is it good reason to think there is no God? These questions come up for many people, not just religious believers, and are examined in this engaging and thought-provoking book.
Starting out with no pre-disposition to theism, atheism, or agnosticism, God, Evil, and Design takes up these questions in order to see where an impartial investigation leads. To achieve impartiality, the reader is invited to simulate ignorance insofar as his or her own religious preference is concerned. With this approach, God, Evil, and Design provides both a fresh look at important and controversial issues in philosophy and an excellent introduction to the contemporary debates surrounding them. Lively and non-technical, this book will be accessible to anyone with an interest in these topics.
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afterlife Alvin Plantinga amounts of seemingly animal suffering answer believers Big Bang cause child claim compatibilist compensation concept conclusion conjectured context contradiction death design hypothesis Draper Draper's argument essential evidence example existence experience explanation fact false free choice free-will defense Furthermore Garden of Eden God-made world God's Goldilocks problem greater-good defense Hick human improbable indifference hypothesis instance investigation Inwagen's J. L. Mackie justified laws of nature libertarian freedom libertarian theory logical possibility logically impossible Mackie Mackie's means mind moral choice moral evil morally blameless non-physical noseeum defense occurrence omnipotent omniscient overall perhaps person Peter van Inwagen philosophical Plantinga's plausible Pope Benedict XVI probability Problem of Evil prove question reflects religions religious Richard Swinburne Rowe sake of argument seemingly pointless evils seems skeptical defenses story substantive defenses suggestion supernatural Suppose surprised Swinburne theist theistic idea true vast amounts veil of ignorance verdict victim Wykstra's