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Is evil evidence against the existence of God? Even if God and evil are compatible, it remains hotly contested whether evil renders belief in God unreasonable. The Evidential Argument from Evil presents five classic statements on this issue by eminent philosophers and theologians and places them in dialogue with eleven original essays reflecting new thinking by these and other scholars. The volume focuses on two versions of the argument. The first affirms that there is no reason for God to permit either certain specific horrors or the variety and profusion of undeserved suffering. The second asserts that pleasure and pain, given their biological role, are better explained by hypotheses other than theism.Contributors include William P. Alston, Paul Draper, Richard M. Gale, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Alvin Plantinga, William L. Rowe, Bruce Russell, Eleonore Stump, Richard G. Swinburne, Peter van Inwagen, and Stephen John Wykstra.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210283
  • 9780253210289
  • 742,249

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Is evil evidence against the existence of God? Even if God and evil are compatible, it remains hotly contested whether evil renders belief in God unreasonable. The 'Evidential Argument from Evil' places five classic statements on this issue by eminent philosophers and theologians in dialogue with eleven new essays, reflecting new thinking by these and other scholars. The volume focuses on two versions of the argument. The first affirms that there is no reason for God to permit certain specific horrors or the variety and profusion of undeserved suffering. The second asserts that the biological role of pleasure and pain shows that hypotheses other than theism better explain those phenomena.show more

About Daniel Howard-Snyder

DANIEL HOWARD-SNYDER is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University.show more

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"Recommended for use in an undergraduate or graduate course in the philosophy of religion." - Religious Studies Review"... all of the essays here are of excellent quality and are generally representative of the best recent arguments on the topic... Although several of the essays are very challenging and not for the beginner, the book as a whole provides an outstanding introduction to the problem of evil." - International Philosophy Quarterly"The dialogue between the essays is well orchestrated... While nominally about evil, many different advancements in epistemology and Bayesian analysis add to its net worth, achieving an even greater good from its already engaging treatment of evil." - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion"For putting such a resource at our fingertips, we are all indebted to the authors whose work is collected here and especially the 'collector' himself: Daniel Howard-Snyder." - Faith & Philosophyshow more

Table of contents

PrefaceIntroduction: The Evidential Argument from Evil/Daniel Howard-SnyderThe Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism/William L. RowePain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists/Paul draperSome Major Strands of Theodicy/Richard G. SwinburneAquinas on the Sufferings of Job/Eleonore StumpEpistemic Probability and Evil/Alvin PlantingaThe Inductive Argument from evil and the Human Cognitive Condition/William P. AlstonRoweAEs Noseeum Arguments from Evil/Stephen WypkstraThe Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence/Peter van InwagenThe Skeptical Theist/Paul DraperDefenseless/Bruce RussellSome Difficulties in Theistic Treatments of Evil/Richard GaleReflections on the Essays of Draper, Russell, and Gale/Peter van InwagenOn being Evidentially Challenged/Alvin PlantingaThe Evidential Argument from Evil: A Second Look/William L. RoweThe Argument from Inscrutable Evil/Daniel Howard-SnyderSome (Temporarily) Final Thoughts on Evidential ARguments from Evil/William P. AlstonBibliographyContributorsIndexshow more

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