DescriptionGod and the Problem of Evil brings together influential essays on the question of whether the amount of seemingly pointless malice and suffering in our world counts against the rationality of belief in God, a being who is said to be all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly good.
PART I. HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT ESSAYS AND CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES.
1. Theodicy (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz).
2. Must God Create the Best (Robert Merrihew Adams).
3. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (David Hume).
4. Hume on Evil (Nelson Pike).
PART II. THE LOGICAL PROBLEM OF EVIL.
5. Evil and Omnipotence (J. L. Mackie).
6. The Free Will Defense (Alvin Plantinga).
PART III. THE EVIDENTIAL PROBLEM OF EVIL.
7. An Exchange on the Problem of Evil (Daniel Howard-Snyder, Michael Bergmann and William L. Rowe).
8. Stalemate and Strategy: Rethinking the Evidential Argument from Evil (J. L. Schellenberg).
9. Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists (Paul Draper).
10. The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence (Peter van Inwagen).
PART IV. THEOFICIES.
11. Some Major Strands of Theodicy (Richard Swinburne).
12. Soul-Making Theodicy (John Hick).
13. The Problem of Hell: A Problem of Evil for Christians (Marilyn McCord Adams).
"This is a splendid and unique collection. It contains both explicit and implicit dialogue. It is beautifully balanced between atheistic and theistic perspectives. And for its size it is remarkably comprehensive, covering both logical and evidential problems and both theodicies and defenses. Paul Draper, Florida International University
- Contains significant historical and contemporary discussions of the problem of evil.
- Features responses by contemporary philosophers that clarify ideas in the historically important essays.
- Sketches an explanation of why God might need to permit the terrible evils that abound in our world.