The History of Evil from the Mid-Twentieth Century to Today : 1950–2018 book cover
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The History of Evil from the Mid-Twentieth Century to Today

ISBN 9781032095172
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

This sixth volume of The History of Evil charts the era 1950–2018, with topics arising after the atrocities of World War II, while also exploring issues that have emerged over the last few decades. It exhibits the flourishing of analytic philosophy of religion since the War, as well as the diversity of approaches to the topic of God and evil in this era. Comprising twenty-one chapters from a team of international contributors, this volume is divided into three parts, God and Evil, Humanity and Evil and On the Objectivity of Human Judgments of Evil. The chapters in this volume cover relevant topics such as the evidential argument from evil, skeptical theism, free will, theodicy, continental philosophy, religious pluralism, the science of evil, feminist theorizations, terrorism, pacifism, realism and relativism.

This outstanding treatment of the history of evil will appeal to those with particular interests in the ideas of evil and good

Table of Contents

Editors and contributors. Series Introduction. Introduction, Jerome Gellman. Part 1 God and EviL. A. The Argument from Evil. On the Evidential Argument from Evil. 1. The Evidential Argument from Evil, Jeff Jordan. 2. A New Look at Evidential Arguments from Evil, Michael Tooley. 3. Skeptical Theism: An Historical View, Justin McBrayer. 4. Horrendous Evils and Christ, Stephen T. Davis. 5. Divine Impassibility, Divine Passibility, and Evil, Paul Helm. On the Logical Argument from Evil. 6. Middle Knowledge and Evil, Edward Wierenga. On Theodicies. 7. Free Will Theodicy, Hugh McCann. 8. Soul-Making Theodicy, Michael L. Peterson. 9. Anti-Theodicy, N. N. Trakakis. 10. Continental Philosophy, Evil, and Suffering, Elizabeth Burns. B. Religion and Evil. 11. God, the Bible, and Moral Concerns, Eric A. Seibert. 12. Why Religious Pluralism is not Evil and is in Some Respects Quite Good, Robert McKim. Part 2 Humanity and Evil. 13. Resist Locally, Accept Cosmically: Humanity, Nature, and Evil, Roger Gottlieb. 14. The Science of Evil and the Evil of Science, Ted Peters. 15. Darwinian Naturalism, Michael Ruse. 16. Feminist Theorizations of Evil, Melissa Raphael. 17. Terrorism, Igor Primoratz. 18. Pacifism and Evil, Andrew Fiala. 19. Process Theodicy and Climate Change, David Ray Griffin. Part 3 On the Objectivity of Evil, 20. Moral Realism and Anti-Realism, Christian Miller. 21. Moral Relativism and Other Relativisms, James Kellenberger. Index.

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Jerome Gellman is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel College, USA.

Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St Olaf College, USA.


Over the last seventy years philosophers and theologians have developed many intriguing new approaches to evil. The editors of this volume capture the important viewpoints informing the contemporary debate over evil by gathering together some of the most influential scholars in the field. This is an essential and definitive volume on the topic. Yujin Nagasawa, University of Birmingham, UK


Gellman, Meister, and Taliaferro collect a wide range of responses that focus on pertinent themes and contributions from 1950 to 2018. The scope is impressive indeed, and the result, highly informative. If God’s exact relation to evil remains puzzling, as expected, the volume puts us in a much better position to ask questions and even to make some sense regarding our ongoing predicament with evil. It therefore earns its keep, with real benefits for all readers. Paul K. Moser, Loyola University Chicago¿, USA