Problem of Evil
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Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of Pages: 432
Width: 16.2 cm
Height: 23.2 cm
The 'problem of evil' is a subject of perennial interest to philosophers of religion and theologians, but research has barely scratched the surface of the complex history of western responses to the challenge of evil. This Reader brings together primary sources from philosophy, theology and literature to chart the many and changing ways evil has been approached and understood, and to examine the diverse implications it has had for belief and unbelief.Uncovering forgotten but still powerful arguments and approaches, this Reader provides both an historical and contemporary examination of the practical and theoretical challenges that evil poses to faith, reason, and practice. This fresh, lively, and much-needed new approach to the 'problem of evil' transcends the narrow approach to the philosophy of religion as currently practised, and will change the way the subject is taught, received and understood.
"The greatest strength of the reader, apart from the sheer number of selections, is the impressive variety of approaches. This richness of variety lends a particular grace to the volume, making for lively and engaging reading. The volume will prove a valuable reference tool for both student and specialist, and its usefulness is significantly enhanced by the detailed Person, Subject and Scripture indices." The Reformed Theological Review "Mark Larrimore of the Centre for Human Values at Princeton University has chosen the extracts judiciously and imaginatively and provided short introductions to each of them together with suggestions for further reading. Those students who work carefully through this reader should gain a much more nuanced understanding of this ancient dilemma." Theological Book Review