Providence, Evil and the Openness of God

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Religion - 236 pages
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Providence, Evil and the Openness of God is a timely exploration of the philosophical implications of the rapidly-growing theological movement known as open theism, or the 'openness of God'. William Hasker, one of the philosophers prominently associated with this movement, presents the strengths of this position in comparison with its main competitors: Calvinism, process theism, and the theory of divine middle knowledge, or Molinism.
The author develops alternative approaches to the problem of evil and to the problem of divine action in the world. In particular, he argues that believers should not maintain the view that each and every evil that occurs is permitted by God as a means to a 'greater good'. He contends that open theism makes possible an emphasis on the personalism of divine-human interaction in a way that traditional views, with their heavy emphasis on divine control, cannot easily match. The book concludes with a section of replies to critics, in which many of the objections levelled against open theism are addressed.
 

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Contents

Suffering soulmaking and salvation
23
The sceptical solution to the problem of evil
43
The necessity of gratuitous evil
58
Can God permit just enough evil?
80
The openness of God
97
The God who takes risks
125
Antinomies of divine providence
151
The freedom and goodness of God
166
Replies to my critics
187
Selected bibliography
231
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