First Published in 2015. The first half of this book concludes that, if human reason is master, there seems to be no way of equating a good and powerful God with evil in the world. In the second half, searching for a solution, the author takes as his starting point St Augustine's credo, I believe in order that I may understand. He builds up a series of statements which express the central Christian convictions in relation to the problem of evil, a viewpoint which the reader may accept or not.
Table of Contents
Part I The Problem of Evil; Chapter 1 The Problem Stated; Chapter 2 A God’s Eye View; Chapter 3 The Free Will Defence; Chapter 4 Natural Evil; Chapter 5 Is It All Worth It?; Chapter 6 Conclusion to the Problem of Evil; Part II The Mystery of Evil; Chapter 7 Introduction; Chapter 8 The Euthyphro Dilemma; Chapter 9 Albrecht Ritschl – Absolute Value Judgements; Chapter 10 God Almighty; Chapter 11 Can God Act in the World?; Chapter 12 Animal Suffering and Physical Evil; Chapter 13 Moral Evil – Job and Ivan; Chapter 14 The Devil and All His Works; Chapter 15 The Challenge of Freedom; Chapter 16 Conclusion;
Dr Peter Vardy is lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at London University's Heythrop College.