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Reality of God and the Problem of Evil (Paperback)
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Reality of God and the Problem of Evil (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 11/10/2006
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This is an important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book "Evil and the God of Love". Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent, omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal (a practical matter). Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? He starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong. Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is 'Why is there not more good than there is'. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes in the arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy. This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826492418
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm


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"Brian Davies...[is a] first class philosopher." -Ric Machuga, Books & Culture, March/April 2010
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"Brian Davies..."--, "Tablet, The "
"Brian Davies..."--, "The American Spectator "
How can a good God allow the tremendous evils that we see around us every day? Some would argue that the very existence of evil disproves the existence of God. Others would say that evil does not really exist. Davies (philosophy, Fordham Univ.) thinks that both of these approaches are faulty. Drawing on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas but making it his own in a way that allows him to respond to more contemporary statements of the problem, Davies, a Dominican priest, does not try to explain away evil. Instead, he concentrates on showing that a recognition of the existence of evil does not preclude belief in a good God. This is a well-written consideration of a perennial topic, written by a veteran teacher who knows how to make abstract ideas understandable through the use of relevant examples.--Sanford Lakoff "Library Journal "
"This is a well-written consideration of a perennial topic, written by a veteran teacher who knows how to make abstract ideas understandable through the use of relevant examples.... Recommended for academic and larger public libraries."--Sanford Lakoff
"So this is a welcome book. It debunks a number of unconvincing theodicies which are based on over-anthropomorphic understandings of God."--Sanford Lakoff "The Catholic Herald "
"an excellent volume...The book is remarkable in a number of ways, including its brevity...its clarity, and its depth...Davies has written an excellent book that everyone can benefit from reading. It can be used in undergraduate courses and parish study groups, but scholars will also profit from the author's carefully wrought arguments and nuanced conclusions. The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil provides another indication that Thomism continues to thrive as a vital tradition in philosophy and theology."--Sanford Lakoff "Commonweal "
Review in Catholic Herald--Sanford Lakoff
"Brian Davies...writes attractively, combining philosophical rigour with homely examples."--Sanford Lakoff "The American Spectator "
'This book provides a readable exposition and assessment of a range of theodicies, and makes a valuable contribution to debate about one of the less common responses to the problem of evil. It would therefore be of interest both to undergraduates and to those with a postgraduate interest in questions about the coherence of theism.' Elizabeth Burns, Heythrop College, Religious Studies--Sanford Lakoff
"Davies generally argues his case with clarity and humour... what he offers is a rigorous examination of a perennial problem which perhaps more than any other leads many to deny the reality of God. Davies has provided an excellent resource for anyone willing to engage with that problem" Expository Times, 1 February 2008--Sanford Lakoff

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