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[A] careful . . . analysis of the challenge that the existence of evil presents to 'orthodox theism' . . . a remarkable amount of material in compressed format, something that will well serve readers. (T. Michael McNulty, S.J., Marquette University, Milwaukee Theological Studies)
This book will appeal to anyone who has ever asked why there seems to be so much unnecessary evil and suffering in the world. (Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)
This book includes an impressive discussion of the nature of evil.
The book is full of creative thought experiments, detailed and incisive argument, and exposition and analysis that reveal an impressive command of much contemporary literature on this topic. (R.D. Geivett, Biola University CHOICE, Fe. 99 Vol. 36 No.6)
The most important book-length treatment of its kind in the past twenty years . . . O'Connor's book will most certainly be the locus of debate for years to come. (Daniel HowardSnyder, Seattle Pacific University)
. . . excellent work . . . chock-full of original, creative analyses and arguments. (Del Kiernan-Lewis, Morehouse College The Journal Of Religion)
A number of O'Connor's arguments are persuasive.O'Coonor's central argument against Schlesinger's 'No-Best-Possible-World-Defence' seems well-taken. (Katherin A. Rogers, University of Delaware Religious Studies, Vol. 35, 1999)
This book is an substantial contribution to contemporary discussion of the evidential force of the fact of evil and the rationality of beleiving in God. (Mind: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy)
O'Connor should be praised for forcefully bringing to our attention the centrality of the standard assumption in the debate over God and evil. (Philosophical Review)
David O'Connor is professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University and the author of The Metaphysics of G. E. Moore.