The problem of evil: the Gifford lectures delivered in the University of St. Andrews in 2003

New York: Oxford University Press (2006)
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Abstract

The vast amount of suffering in the world is often held as a particularly powerful reason to deny that God exists. Now, one of the world's most distinguished philosophers of religion presents his own position on the problem of evil. Highly accessible and sensitively argued, Peter van Inwagen's book argues that such reasoning does not hold: his conclusion is not that God exists, but that suffering cannot be shown to prove that He does not.

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Philosophical Failure

The central thesis of these chapters is that the argument from evil is a failure. But what is it for a philosophical argument to fail? This chapter proposes a test: a philosophical argument fails if it cannot win assent from the members of a neutral audience who have listened to an ideal p... see more

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