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Providence & the Problem of Evil

Paperback|Dec 1998
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This book offers an answer to one of the most difficult problems of religious belief: why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? Swinburne argues that God wants us to learn and to love, to make our...


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This book offers an answer to one of the most difficult problems of religious belief: why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? Swinburne argues that God wants us to learn and to love, to make our choices about good and evil for ourselves and others on our own, to form our^characters in the way we choose, and, above all, to be of great use to each other. If we are to have all these choices and commitments, then there will inevitably be suffering for the short period of our time on Earth. This controversial work concludes Swinburne's acclaimed four-volume philosophical^examination of Christian doctrine.
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Richard Swinburne offers an answer to one of the most difficult problems of religious belief: why does a loving God allow humans to suffer so much? Swinburne argues that God wants much more for us than pleasure or freedom from suffering: he wants us to learn and to love, to make the choices which make great differences for good or evil to each other, to form our characters in the way we choose; above all, to be of great use to each other. If we are to have all this, there will inevitably be suffering for the short period of our lives on Earth. Because of the good that God gives to humans in this life, and makes possible, through our choice, thereafter, he does not wrong us in allowing suffering. Providence and the Problem of Evil is the final instalment of Swinburne's acclaimed four-volume philosophical examination of Christian doctrine.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 125999
  • Product Code 0198237987
  • EAN 9780198237983
  • Pages 280
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Dec 1998
  • Sales Rank 29786
  • Dimensions 215 x 138 x 18mm
  • Weight 0.385kg

R Swinburne

Richard Swinburne was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Keele; Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas ofýphilosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.

  • Part I An Initial Problem: The Need For Theodicy. Part Ii The Good Goals
  • Of Creation: Beauty
  • Feeling
  • Action
  • Worship. Part Iii The Necessary Evils: The Fact Of Moral Evil
  • And Free Will
  • The Range Of Moral Evil
  • And Responsibility
  • Natural Evil
  • And The Scope For Response
  • Natural Evil And The Possibility Of Knowledge
  • The Evils Of Sin And Agnosticism. Part Iv Completing The Theodicy: God's
  • Rights And The Privilege Of Service
  • Weighing Good Against Bad.

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