God and Evil: In the Theology of St Thomas Aquinas
Herbert McCabe was one of the most original and creative theologians of recent years. Continuum has published numerous volumes of unpublished typescripts left behind by him following his untimely death in 2001. This book is the sixth to appear. McCabe was deeply immersed in the philosophical theology of St Thomas Aquinas and was responsible in part for the notable revival of interest in the thought of Aquinas in our time.
Here he tackles the problem of evil by focusing and commenting on what Aquinas said about it. What should we mean by words such as 'good', 'bad', 'being', 'cause', 'creation', and 'God'? These are McCabe's main questions. In seeking to answer them he demonstrates why it cannot be shown that evil disproves God's existence. He also explains how we can rightly think of evil in a world made by God. McCabe's approach to God and evil is refreshingly unconventional given much that has been said about it of late. Yet it is also very traditional. It will interest and inform anyone seriously interested in the topic.
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This book, McCabe's thesis written for the internal Dominican qualification of Sacrae Theologiae Lector (teacher of sacred theology) is remarkable. While it lacks some of the verve of McCabe's later style, the ability to dazzle with original and yet faithful readings of Thomas Aquinas was already in evidence. The book gives a remarkably good answer to the problem of evil as Aquinas saw it and on the way gives wonderful accounts of human action and the metaphysics of good and evil.