Evil Revisited: Responses and Reconsiderations

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 277 pages
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In this book Griffin responds to critiques of his earlier work God, Power, and Evil: A Process Theodicy and discusses ways in which his position has changed in the intervening years. In so doing, he examines the problem of evil, theodicy, and philosophical theology, and contrasts traditional theism and process theism with regard to the question of omnipotence."
 

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Contents

THE DIVINE AND THE DEMONIC IN A HOLOCAUST UNIVERSE A SUMMARY WITH RECONSIDERATIONS
9
A THE GENERIC IDEA OF GOD
10
B TRADITIONAL ALLDETERMINING THEISM
13
C TRADITIONAL FREEWILL THEISM
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D PROCESS THEISM
22
E ETERNAL PRINCIPLES OF VALUE AND POWER
26
F THE DEMONIC
31
G MEANING AND HOPE
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AN OVERVIEW
121
B PREMISE X AS MEANINGLESS
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C PREMISE X AS LOGICALLY FALSE
130
D PREMISE X AS METAPHYSICALLY FALSE
136
E BRUCE REICHENBACHS CRITIQUE AND THE EXPERIENTIAL CRITERION OF MEANING
140
FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVINE PERSUASION
144
B IS THE DOCTRINE OF GODS GREAT PERSUASIVE POWER FALSIFIABLE?
147
C WOULD GOD COERCE? PROCESS THEISM AND PACIFISM
152

THE TASK OF PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY IN THE FACE OF EVIL
41
A DEFENSE OR THEODICY? A RESPONSE TO ALVIN PLANTINGA
42
B DIVINE POWER AND THE TASK OF THEODICY
49
THE TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF OMNIPOTENCE
55
TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF OMNIPOTENCE?
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IS TRAD1T1ONAL ALLDETERMIN1NG THEISM INTELLIGIBLE AFTER ALL?
70
INFINITE POWER AND COMPATIBILISM
72
C THE PROBLEM REMAINS
75
CAN A TRADITIONAL FREEWILL THEODICY BE ADEQUATE AFTER ALL?
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A CAN THE EXISTENCE OF GENUINE EVIL BE AFFIRMED?
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B CAN THE EXISTENCE OF THEOLOGICAL FREEDOM BE JUSTIFIED?
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C CAN GODS NONINTERVENTION TO PREVENT EVIL BE JUSTIFIED?
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D CAN NATURAL EVILS BE EXPLAINED?
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E EVOLUTION ANIMAL PAIN AND OTHER REMAINING QUESTIONS
94
F SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT THUS FAR
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THE COHERENCE OF PROCESS THEISMS CLAIM THAT GOD CANNOT COERCE
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A THE RELATION OF PERSUASION AND COERCION TO FINAL AND EFFICIENT CAUSATION
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B THE METAPHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANINGS OF PERSUASION AND COERCION
102
C PERSUASION AND COMPULSION
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D DAVID BASINGERS CLAIM THAT THE PROCESS GOD COULD COERCE
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THE TRUTH OF PROCESS THEISMS CLAIM THAT GOD CANNOT COERCE
120
JOHN HICKS CHARGE OF ELITISM
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B THE ROOTS OF HICICS CRITIQUE IN HIS OWN POSITION
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C PROCESS THEODICY CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN TERMS
171
D SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
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PROCESS THEODICY AND MONISM A RESPONSE TO PHILIP HEFNER
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A GENUINE EVIL RATIONALIZATION AND TRAGEDY
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B BIBLICAL FAITH MONISM AND DIVINE GOODNESS
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C RAPPROCHEMENT A TRINITARIAN MONISM
185
WORSHIP AND THEODICY
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B DOES WORSHIP PRESUPPOSE PERFECT POWER?
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C IS THE GOD OF PROCESS THEISM PERFECTLY GOOD?
201
LIVING BETWEEN GODS
209
EVIL AND THE TWO TYPES OF EFFICIENT CAUSATION A RESPONSE TO MADDEN AND HARE
215
B IS THE WORLDS EVIL COMPATIBLE WITH GREAT PERSUASIVE POWER?
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C ARE THE LIMITATIONS ON FREEDOM COMPATIBLE WITH GREAT PERSUASIVE POWER?
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E IS PERSUASIVE POWER A COHERENT CONCEPT?
224
F EARLIER CRITICISMS
225
NOTES
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INDEX
273
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David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the School of Theology at Claremont and Claremont Graduate School, and Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies. Also published by SUNY Press are his God and Religion in the Postmodern World: Essays in Postmodern Theology; Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time: Bohm, Prigogine, and Process Philosophy; The Reenchantment of Science: Postmodern Proposals; Sacred Interconnections: Postmodern Spirituality Political Economy, and Art; Spirituality and Society: Postmodern Visions; Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology (with Huston Smith); Varieties of Postmodern Theology (with William Beardslee and Joe Holland); and Theology and the University: Essays in Honor of John B. Cobb, Jr. (with Joseph C. Hough, Jr.).

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