God, Freedom, and Evil Paperback – March 21, 1989
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-- John Carroll University
"A witty and logical introduction to the groundbreaking work of Alvin Plantinga, who has done more than anyone else to restore in analytic circles the respectability of belief in God."
-- University of San Diego
"A classic work in the philosophy of religion, Plantinga's God, Freedom, and Evil is the single most influential text on the problem of evil in the past fifty years."
Stephen T. Davis
-- Claremont McKenna College
"Alvin Plantinga is one of the top Christian philosophers in the world today. He is well known in Christian and secular philosophical circles for his logical skills, his rigorous arguments, and his energetic defense of full-blooded Christianity. This book covers some of the same ground as his more technical The Nature of Necessity, but unlike most of Plantinga's works, it is aimed at the general reader. . . Students can understand this book; they must only be willing to think as hard as they read."
About the Author
- Publisher : Eerdmans (March 21, 1989)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802817319
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802817310
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.33 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #249,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author is scrupulous, fair, and pithy. As a result, the reader can generally follow the arguments, with some pause from time to time to do a simple moment of thought. The honesty of the arguments avoids the off-putting tone that some authors can fall into...
Engaging with these arguments is not easy. This book makes things accessible. I am entirely convinced that the intellect is a partial pathway to understanding these questions, and a useful partial pathway, at best. Given that conviction on my part, I think that this book is an excellent mini-workbook for a questioning reader.
It is usually acknowledged that Plantinga’s conclusion is true: ”The Free Will Defense shows that the existence of God is compatible, both logically and probabilistically, with the existence of evil; thus, it solves the main philosophical problem of evil.” What this means is that other kinds of problems of evil must carry objections or personal struggles. He writes, ”The theist may find a religious problem of evil; in the presence of his own suffering or that of someone near to him he may find it difficult to maintain what he takes to be the proper attitude towards God. Faced with great personal suffering or misfortune, he may be tempted to rebel against God, to shake his fist in God’s face, or even to give up belief in God altogether. But this is a problem of a different dimension. Such a problem calls, not for philosophical enlightenment, but for pastoral care.”
The book covers a number of similar statements. However, be ready to ccb oncentrate it is a formally argued set of logical premises reaching interesting conclusions.