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Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil [Paperback]

By Peter Van Inwagen (Editor)
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The problem of evil has challenged religious minds and hearts throughout the ages. Just how can the presence of suffering, tragedy, and wrongdoing be squared with the all-powerful, all-loving God of faith? This book gathers some of the best, most meaningful recent reflections on the problem of evil, with contributions by shrewd thinkers in the areas of philosophy, theology, literature, linguistics, and sociology. In addition to bringing new insights to the old problem of evil, Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil is set apart from similar volumes by the often-novel approaches its authors take to the subject. Many of the essays pursue classic lines in speculative philosophy, but others address the problem of evil through biblical criticism, the thought of Simone Weil, and the faith of battered women and African American slaves. As a result, this book will interest a wide range of readers.

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The problem of evil has challenged religious minds and hearts throughout the ages. Just how can the presence of suffering, tragedy, and wrongdoing be squared with the all-powerful, all-loving God of faith? This book gathers some of the best, most meaningful recent reflections on the problem of evil, with contributions by shrewd thinkers in the areas of philosophy, theology, literature, linguistics, and sociology. In addition to bringing new insights to the old problem of evil, Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil is set apart from similar volumes by the often-novel approaches its authors take to the subject. Many of the essays pursue classic lines in speculative philosophy, but others address the problem of evil through biblical criticism, the thought of Simone Weil, and the faith of battered women and African American slaves. As a result, this book will interest a wide range of readers. Contributors: Paul Draper Eduardo J. Echeverria Laura Waddell Ekstrom Stephen Griffith Del Kiernan-Lewis Richard T. McClelland Barbara Omolade Richard Otte Alvin Plantinga John R. Schneider Robert Stanley Peter van Inwagen Carol Winkelmann Keith D. Wyma

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  • Choice - 04/01/2005 page 1415


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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802826970  
ISBN13  9780802826978  


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More About Peter Van Inwagen


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter van Inwagen is John Cardinal O'Hara professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of numerous works, Material Beings (1990), Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics (2001), Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil (2004), Persons: Human and Divine (2008), and Existence: Essays in Ontology (2014).


Peter Van Inwagen has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Notre Dame, Indiana University of Notre Dame University.

Peter Van Inwagen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Philosophy: The Big Questions


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An unusually wide-ranging anthology  Sep 12, 2009
This is a helpful, and an unusually varied, anthology. The volume has its origins in a 1999 seminar organized by the book's editor, Peter van Inwagen, who invited participants to consider the argument from evil: in other words the contention that "if there were a loving and all-powerful God, he wouldn't allow terrible things to happen, and, since terrible things do happen, it follows that a loving and all-powerful God does not exist."

Arguments of this sort are the special province of philosophers, especially of the analytical school. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the essays in this volume are contributed by analytical philosophers. What makes the volume unusual, however, are two noteworthy (and not entirely unrelated) features. First, contributors to this project who write from within the discipline of analytical philosophy, made the effort to shape pieces that could be read and appreciated by a general audience. Second, van Inwagen--to his credit--incorporated contributions from those whose primary work is in disciplines other than philosophy. The result is a far broader examination of the issue of Christian faith and evil than most such anthologies permit.

Highlights, for this reader, included van Inwagen's own essay in which he does, not surprisingly, address the "argument from evil" from the perspective of analytical philosophy. But I was also impressed by Laura Waddell Ekstrom's "Suffering as Religious Experience", Carol Winkelmann's harrowing reflection on "Battered Women, Suffering, and the Problem of Evil", Richard McClelland's provocative thoughts on the psychological dynamics of philosophical projects such as the ones found in this volume, and John Schneider's theological reflections on the light the Biblical narrative (with special reference to the book Job as well as Mark's Gospel ) sheds on the question of evil.

As with any such anthology, not every reader is likely to respond to every essay with the same degree of enthusiasm. There is enough here, however, of substance and variety, to engage anyone who has ever wrestled with the question of Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil.
 

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