God and the Problem of Evil  Five Views (häftad)
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Inter-Varsity Press,US
Meister, Chad V.
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God and the Problem of Evil  Five Views (häftad)

God and the Problem of Evil Five Views

Häftad,  Engelska, 2017-05-16
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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. This Spectrum Multiview volume 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 Jay 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 and 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. Spectrum Multiview Books offer a range of viewpoints on contested topics within Christianity, giving contributors the opportunity to present their position and also respond to others in this dynamic publishing format.
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Chad Meister (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith and The Philosophy of Religion Reader. James K. Dew Jr. (PhD, Southeastern Baptist) is associate professor of the history of ideas and philosophy and dean of the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Introduction Chad V. Meister and James K. Dew Jr. Part I: Perspectives on the Problem of Evil 1. The Classic View Phillip Cary 2. The Molinist View William Lane Craig 3. The Open Theist View William Hasker 4. The Essential Kenosis View Thomas Jay Oord 5. The Skeptical Theist View: A Journey Stephen Wykstra Part II: Responses 6. Response to Other Contributors Phillip Cary 7. Response to Other Contributors William Lane Craig 8. Response to Other Contributors William Hasker 9. Response to Other Contributors Thomas Jay Oord 10. Response to Other Contributors Stephen Wykstra Author Index Subject Index