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An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book "Evil and the God of Love".Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent, omniscient and good and that what we deem to beAn important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book "Evil and the God of Love".Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent, omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal (a practical matter).Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then 'What is God?' He starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong.Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is 'Why is there not more good than there is'. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many modern thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes in the arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy.This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example....

Title : The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil
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ISBN : 9780826492418
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil Reviews

  • Marina E
    2019-03-25 11:44

    I was hesitant whether to rate this book 3 or 4 stars. Three stars because Davies is overly repetitive. Actually, the true name of this books should have been "the problem of evil according to Aquinas and my cat Smokey." He loves Aquinas and agrees with almost everything he has to say on the subject, and although it is great to learn so much about him throughout the book, at one point you are just tired with all the references to him. Four stars because this book gave me a completely novel comprehension of the problem of evil. If you think you will be picking up yet another book full of theodicies and defenses, you are dead wrong! This is a completely different project, and although you get the sense, in the end, that you dont quite get an answer to give on the problem, you will nonetheless be dumbstruck! I highly recommend the read.

  • David Haines
    2019-04-20 13:53

    This book is amazing. It is like reading a commentary on Thomistic philosophy. Brian Davies answers the problem of evil in a way that almost no other contemporary author is even attempting. He shows the flaws in other ways of answering the problem, and then defends his own argument. This book is one of the most important books ever written on the problem of evil.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-03 16:03

    I haven't read all of it yet, but I've read most of it, and I can already tell this is the best detailed treatment on the subject of theodicy I've ever read. From a Thomist perspective, and for that reason very useful for Calvinists.

  • Vance
    2019-03-30 12:42

    Overly wordy and confusing. The Appendix barely brought it together for me.