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God and Inscrutable Evil : In Defense of Theism and Atheism - David O'Connor

God and Inscrutable Evil

In Defense of Theism and Atheism

Paperback Published: 4th December 1997
ISBN: 9780847687640
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult philosophical problem confronting theism. Arguing that both a version of theism ('friendly theism') and a version of atheism ('friendly atheism') are justified on the evidence in the debate over God and evil, O'Connor concludes that a warranted outcome is a philosophical d_tente between those two positions. On the way to that conclusion he develops two arguments from evil, a reformed version of the logical argument and an indirect version of the empirical argument, and deploys both against a central formulation of theism that he describes as orthodox theism. God and Inscrutable Evil makes a valuable contribution to contemporary debates in the philosophy of religion.

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This book includes an impressive discussion of the nature of evil.

Introduction: Theism's Problem of Evilp. 1
In the Spirit of Humep. 29
Theism and Gratuitous Evilp. 49
Orthodox Theism and the Reformed Logical Problem of Natural Evilp. 77
Swinburne's Greater-Good Defensep. 93
Plantinga's Free-Will Defensep. 113
Schlesinger's No-Best-Possible-World Defensep. 149
The Empirical Problem of Evil (1)p. 175
The Empirical Problem Of Evil (2)p. 183
Skeptical Theism and Friendly Atheismp. 199
A Wider Detentep. 227
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 267
About the Authorp. 275
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ISBN: 9780847687640
ISBN-10: 0847687643
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th December 1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39