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 9781138236875
Published June 22, 2018 by Routledge
390 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


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


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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