God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views (Spectrum Multiview Series)
:Evil abounds. And so do the attempts to understand God in the face of such evil. The problem of evil is a constant challenge to faith in God. How can we believe in a loving and powerful God given...
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:Evil abounds. And so do the attempts to understand God in the face of such evil.The problem of evil is a constant challenge to faith in God. How can we believe in a loving and powerful God given the existence of so much suffering in the world? Philosophers and theologians have addressed this problem countless times over the centuries. New explanations have been proposed in recent decades drawing on resources in Scripture, theology, philosophy, and science.God and the Problem of Evil stages a dialogue between the five key positions in the current debate:
Phillip Cary: A Classic View
William Lane Craig: A Molinist View
William Hasker: An Open Theist View
Thomas J. Oord: An Essential Kenosis View
Stephen Wykstra: A Skeptical Theism View
According to the classic position, associated especially with the Augustinian tradition, God permits evil and suffering as part of the grand narrative of divine providence to bring about the redemption of creation. Molinism modifies the classic view by adding God's middle knowledge to the picture, in which God has knowledge of what creatures would do in all possible worlds. Open theism rejects the determinism of the classic view in favor of an account of God as a risk-taker who does not know for sure what the future holds. Essential kenosis goes further in providing a comprehensive theodicy by arguing that God cannot control creatures and thus cannot unilaterally prevent evil. Skeptical theism rejects the attempt to provide a theodicy and instead argues that, if God exists, we should not expect to understand God's purposes.Edited, with an introduction, by Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr., God and the Problem of Evil hosts a generous and informative conversation on one of the most pressing issues in the Christian life.
Chad Meister (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was the former head of Defenders (now called Truthquest), an apologetics ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. While pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy, Chad developed the Apologetics Pyramid method highlighted in his book, Building Belief. His other books include Introducing Philosophy of Religion; Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith; Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum) andChristian Thought: An Historical Introduction, co-authored with James Stump (Routledge)
Koorong - Editorial Review.
- :introductionchad V. Meister And James K. Dew Jr.
- <strong>part I: Perspectives On The Problem Of Evil</strong>
- 1. The Classic Viewphillip Cary2. The Molinist Viewwilliam Lane Craig3. The Open Theist Viewwilliam Hasker4. The Essential Kenosis Viewthomas Jay Oord5. The Skeptical Theist View: A Journeystephen Wykstra
- <strong>part Ii: Responses</strong>
- 6. Response To Other Contributorsphillip Cary7. Response To Other Contributorswilliam Lane Craig8. Response To Other Contributorswilliam Hasker9. Response To Other Contributorsthomas Jay Oord10. Response To Other Contributorsstephen Wykstra
- Author Indexsubject Index