Evil and a Selection of Its Theological Problems
Co-editor: John R. Gilhooly
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Biblical and Theological Studies
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Recent formulations of the inductive, continual problem of evil require us to consider new responses to the charge that there is something irrational about believing in God, given the type and amount of evil in the world. Furthermore, fresh approaches to the problem of evil offer suggestive ways to enter a new line of inquiry, in regards to both theistic defences against various articulations of the problem of evil and also theodicy. Finally, developments in contemporary theology, especially analytic philosophical theology, likewise require new treatments of the problem of evil.
This volume, on the problem on evil, presents a series of essays that incorporate responses to these developments. The articles fall into three broad sections. The first critiques and examines the analytic, inductive problem of evil on the basis of its modal underpinnings, the discourse of possible worlds, and issues related to hiddenness and vagueness. The second part presents a narrative response to the problem of evil. Its approaches attempt to show the way in which peculiar features of narrative such as dramatic irony, verisimilitude, and distinctions between person-type propositions offer fresh ways to encapsulate our feelings about evil and our response to the theological problems raised by encounters with evil. Such existential concerns are valuable for our thinking about these matters. The third section relates the problem of evil to developments in contemporary analytic theology, such as open theism, idealism and the felix culpa theodicy.
Evil, God, theology
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
About the Author
John R. Gilhooly teaches philosophy and theology at Cedarville University and is Director of the Honors Program. His research interests are the history of philosophy (esp., medieval), the philosophy of religion (esp., the problem of evil), and the philosophy of love and sex (esp., gender and marriage).
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Arbour, Benjamin and Gilhooly, John R., "Evil and a Selection of Its Theological Problems" (2017). Faculty Books. 196.