Evil and a Good God

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Fordham Univ Press, 1982 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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"The question treated here is an old and important one. The horrors which we daily see or here about exist; they are evils, and evil is often held to establish the falsity of the theistic world view. Evil is believed to be either logically inconsistent with the existence of a good, omnipotent, omniscient, loving, personal deity, or else of such a great amount, prevalence, and variety that it is improbably that God exists. Were either of these true, and consequently were it possible to show that the theistic world view is false or probably false, this would be a significant intellectual and practical conclusion. The author here examines this atheological claim. Professor Reichenbach gives a thoroughgoing philosophical analysis, taking into account all the main modern and contemporary questions, and provides a most careful and cogent, strictly philosophical analysis of the solution to this basic problem. The book is spare and contains not a wasted word, and yet all the questions and objections one might legitimately raise are straightforwardly addressed and reasonably dealt with. Perhaps equally surprisingly in such a concise study, all the relevant literature, both classical and modern, is taken into account. Evil and a Good God will have to be reckoned with by future writers on this topic." -- Back cover.
 

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Contents

The Deductive Argument from Evil
1
The Inductive Argument from Evil
25
Presuppositions
43
Theodicy for Moral Evils
64
Theodicy for Natural Evils
87
Must God Create the Best Possible World?
121
Why Is God Good?
130
Is God Omnipotent or Finite in Power?
154
Index
197
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Page 1 - ... to it. But let us still assert, that as this goodness is not antecedently established, but must be inferred from the phenomena, there can be no grounds for such an inference, while there are so many ills in the universe, and while these ills might so easily have been remedied, as far as human understanding can be allowed to judge on such a subject.
Page 2 - I think, however, that a more telling criticism can be made by way of the traditional problem of evil. Here it can be shown, not that religious beliefs lack rational support, but that they are positively irrational...

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Bruce R. Reichenbach is Professor of Philosophy at Augsburg College.

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