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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.
- 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".
Historical and Literary Perspectives.
1. The Argument from Evil.
2. Theodicy: A Defense of Theism.
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.
7. Evolution and the Problem of Evil.
8. Whose Problem is the Problem of Evil?
9. Divine Hiddenness Justifies Atheism.
J. L. Schellenberg.
10. The Free Will Defense.
11. Evil and Soul-Making.
12. Epistemic Humility, Arguments from Evil, and Moral Skepticism.
13. The Problem of Evil and the Desires of the Heart.
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.
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