Divine Power and Evil: A Reply to Process Theodicy

1st Edition

Kenneth K. Pak

Routledge
Published April 4, 2016
Reference - 186 Pages
ISBN 9781472463050 - CAT# Y256746
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

Evil perplexes us all and threatens to undermine the meaningfulness of our existence. How can we reconcile the reality of evil with the notion of a God who is perfectly good and powerful? Process theodicy, whose foremost proponent is David Griffin, suggests one answer: because every being possesses its own power of self-determination in order for God to attain the divine aim of higher goodness for the world, God must take the risk of the possibility of evil. Divine Power and Evil responds to Griffin's criticisms against traditional theodicy, assesses the merits of process theodicy, and points out ways in which traditional theism could incorporate a number of Griffin's valuable insights in progressing toward a philosophically and theologically satisfactory theodicy. It provides a new and important contribution to a long-standing debate within philosophy of religion and theology.

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