Book

Providence and the Problem of Evil

Richard Swinburne

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237987.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Providence and the Problem of Evil

Show Summary Details

Preview

Unless he has very strong reason for supposing that there is a God, a theist needs a theodicy (or at least needs to begin to develop one) in order justifiably to believe that there is a God. Part 2 of this book describes the good goals that God might be seeking to produce in his Universe—beauty; creatures having knowledge (in a largely internalist sense), having their good desires satisfied, with a free will to do actions that promote each others’ well‐being, being of use to others, and worshipping God. Part 3 shows how the possibility of moral evil, and the actual occurrence of natural evil (providing knowledge of possible good and bad actions, and the scope for good response) are necessary to secure these ends. God has the right to allow some creatures to suffer for the benefit of others, so long as he compensates them in this life or after death. The expected value of allowing the evils in order to achieve the good goals is positive.

Keywords: Christianity; cosmogony; cosmology; creation; evil; free will; God; internalism; knowledge; philosophy of religion; problem of evil; Richard Swinburne; theism; theodicy

Book.  278 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »


Table of Contents

The Need for Theodicy in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Theodicy in Christian Tradition in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Beauty in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Thought and Feeling in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Action in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Worship in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

See all items in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.