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Divine Power and Evil A Reply to Process Theodicy

by Professor Kenneth K. Pak, Jeff Astley

Part of the Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies Series

Divine Power and Evil A Reply to Process Theodicy Synopsis

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.

Divine Power and Evil A Reply to Process Theodicy Press Reviews

'Process theists invariably claim that their response to the problem of evil is far superior to that of traditional theism. In his careful examination of the influential writings of David Griffin, Kenneth K. Pak reveals a number of flaws in Griffin's arguments concerning evil. He also identifies resources for a response from traditional free will theism, some of them derived from Griffin's own work. Divine Power and Evil is an important contribution to the literature on this vital topic.' William Hasker, Huntington University, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472463050
Publication date: 4th April 2016
Author: Professor Kenneth K. Pak, Jeff Astley
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 186 pages
Categories: Philosophy of religion, Theology, Christian theology,

About Professor Kenneth K. Pak, Jeff Astley

Kenneth K. Pak (Ph.D., KU Leuven) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gulf University for Science & Technology, Kuwait. His primary area of teaching and research is philosophy of religion, especially the problem of evil.

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