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The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil Paperback – December 11, 2006

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How can a good God allow the tremendous evils that we see around us every day? Some would argue that the very existence of evil disproves the existence of God. Others would say that evil does not really exist. Davies (philosophy, Fordham Univ.) thinks that both of these approaches are faulty. Drawing on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas but making it his own in a way that allows him to respond to more contemporary statements of the problem, Davies, a Dominican priest, does not try to explain away evil. Instead, he concentrates on showing that a recognition of the existence of evil does not preclude belief in a good God. This is a well-written consideration of a perennial topic, written by a veteran teacher who knows how to make abstract ideas understandable through the use of relevant examples. (Augustine J. Curley, Library Journal, November 1, 2006 Library Journal)

"This is a well-written consideration of a perennial topic, written by a veteran teacher who knows how to make abstract ideas understandable through the use of relevant examples.... Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." (Augustine J. Curley, Library Journal, November 1, 2006)

"So this is a welcome book. It debunks a number of unconvincing theodicies which are based on over-anthropomorphic understandings of God".
(Mark Dowd The Catholic Herald)

"an excellent volume...The book is remarkable in a number of ways, including its brevity...its clarity, and its depth...Davies has written an excellent book that everyone can benefit from reading. It can be used in undergraduate courses and parish study groups, but scholars will also profit from the author's carefully wrought arguments and nuanced conclusions. The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil provides another indication that Thomism continues to thrive as a vital tradition in philosophy and theology."
(Stephen Pope, Commonweal Commonweal)

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"His book is important because he forces us to to begin with some searching preliminary questions. Before we can think about God and evil, we need to ask how we understand God, and what we mean by evil. Davies is in the perfect position to undertake this task, combining a thorough knowledge of Christian thinking across the centuries with the lingusitic precision of an Anglo-American philosopher"
(Church Times)

"(Davies)writes attractively, combining philosophical rigour with homely examples"
(The American Spectator)

"Brian Davies...writes attractively, combining philosophical rigour with homely examples."
(Brian Hebblethwaite The American Spectator)

'This book provides a readable exposition and assessment of a range of theodicies, and makes a valuable contribution to debate about one of the less common responses to the problem of evil. It would therefore be of interest both to undergraduates and to those with a postgraduate interest in questions about the coherence of theism.'
Elizabeth Burns, Heythrop College, Religious Studies
(Elizabeth Burns, Heythrop College, Religious Studies, Vol 44, 2008)

[Davies'] book has three main strengths. First, it is easy to read. The way the argument is presented helps the reader to pick up on a point and then to work backwards or forwards to see the presuppositions behind an idea...That leads us to the second strength of this book. Davies succinctly summarizes a wide range of arguments about God and evil...Indeed, we have here a compendium of how the fact of evil in the world has shaped what people say about God...This in turn brings us to the third strength of the book, the insistence that how we understand God comes before how we undertand evil.'
Owen Huggs, New Directions
(New Directions)

About the Author

Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, USA. His publications include An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2003) and The Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 1992).

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  • Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 082649241X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0826492418
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Continuum; 1st edition (December 11, 2006)
  • Language: : English
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