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Evil and the Hiddenness of God, 1st Edition

  • Michael Rea University of Notre Dame
  • ISBN-10: 1285197356  |  ISBN-13: 9781285197357
  • 176 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $29.25



THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, 1E uses a diverse collection of essays to draw students into this robust and enduring philosophical topic. To address the tension between an omniscient and omnipotent God on one hand, and suffering on the other, this textbook employs essays from such thinkers as David Hume, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Gottfried Leibniz. In addition, THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, 1E includes such perspectives as the feminist critique and Draper’s “skeptical theist” response.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers a wide range of philosophical, historical, and literary responses to the problems of evil and divine hiddenness.
  • Introductions to the readings are geared toward aiding student understanding.
  • Features a diversity of opinions, including the feminist perspective and the “skeptical theist” response.
  • Delves into literary voices on the topic, including Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic science-fiction story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Rebellion".

Table of Contents

Historical and Literary Perspectives.
1. The Argument from Evil.
David Hume.
2. Theodicy: A Defense of Theism.
Gottfried Leibniz.
3. Rebellion.
Fyodor Dostoevsky.
4. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
Ursula K. LeGuin.
The Problems of Evil and Divine Hiddenness.
5. Evil and Omnipotence.
J. L. Mackie.
6. The Inductive Argument from Evil against the Existence of God.
William Rowe.
7. Evolution and the Problem of Evil.
Paul Draper.
8. Whose Problem is the Problem of Evil?
Grace Jantzen.
9. Divine Hiddenness Justifies Atheism.
J. L. Schellenberg.
10. The Free Will Defense.
Alvin Plantinga.
11. Evil and Soul-Making.
John Hick.
12. Epistemic Humility, Arguments from Evil, and Moral Skepticism.
Daniel Howard-Snyder.
13. The Problem of Evil and the Desires of the Heart.
Eleonore Stump.
14. Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God.
Marilyn McCord Adams.
15. Suffering as Religious Experience.
Laura Waddell Ekstrom.
16. Deus Absconditus.
Michael J. Murray.
17. Divine Hiddenness, Divine Silence.
Michael Rea.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Rea

Michael Rea is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2001. He earned his B.A. at UCLA in 1991 and his PhD at the University of Notre Dame in 1996. He is has written or edited more than ten books and thirty articles in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion, and has given numerous lectures in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran.