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Providence and the Problem of Evil

Richard Swinburne


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 ( ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford
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