Evil and the God of Love

ISBN-10: 0230252796
ISBN-13: 9780230252790
Edition: 2010
Authors: John Hick
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Preface to the 1985 Reissue
Preface to the 2010 Reissue
Foreword
List of Abbreviations
Introductory
The Problem and its Terms
Defining the problem
Is theodicy permissible?
The kinds of evil
The Two Poles of Thought - Monism and Dualism
Monism and Dualism
The pure monism of Spinoza
A contemporary view of evil as illusion - Christian Science
Plato's dualism
The external dualism of
The internal dualism of
The Augustinian Type of Theodicy
The Fountainhead: St. Augustine - Evil as privation of good stemming from misused freedom
Evil as privatio boni
Augustine and Manichaeism
The Plotinian theodicy
The goodness of the created order
Man mutable because 'made out of nothing'
Evil privative and parasitic
The identity of being and goodness
The logical character of Augustine's doctrine
'The Free-Will Defence' in St. Augustine
Sin as the basic evil
The self-creation of evil 'ex nihilo'
Sin and predestination
The Fountainhead: St. Augustine - The principle of plenitude and the aesthetic theme
The principle of plenitude
The Problem
Augustine's Neo-Platonist answer
The principle of plenitude in Plotinus
Emanation and creation
The pre-existing pattern
The aesthetic theme
The aesthetic theme in Augustine
Animal pain in a perfect world
Hell and the principle of moral balance
Catholic Thought from Augustine to the Present Day
Augustine's theodicy writ large: Hugh of St. Victor
Thomas Aquinas
A contemporary Thomist presentation: Charles Journet
Journet on sin and hell
The Problem of Evil in Reformed Thought
Augustine and the Reformers
Calvin
Fall and predestination in Calvin
Predestination versus theodicy
Karl Barth
Barth's method
The 'shadowside' of creation
'Das Nichtige'
The origin of 'das Nichtige'
Criticism: (a) the origin of 'das Nichtige'
Criticism: (b) the status of 'das Nichtige'
Eighteenth-Century 'Optimism'
A product of the Augustinian tradition
King's 'Origin of Evil'
Leibniz's 'Theodicy'
The 'best possible world'
'Best possible' - for what purpose?
Dividing the Light from the Darkness
The main features of the Augustinian type of theodicy
The theological themes
The goodness of the created universe
Human suffering as a punishment for sin
'O felix culpa…' versus eternal torment
The philosophical themes
Evil as non-being
Metaphysical evil as fundamental
The aesthetic perfection of the universe
A basic criticism
The Irenaean Type of Theodicy
Sin and the Fall according to the Hellenistic Fathers
The biblical basis of the fall doctrine
From Paul to Augustine
The beginnings of the Hellenistic point of view
Irenaeus
Eastern Christianity
The Irenaean Type of Theodicy in Schleiermacher
Schleiermacher on 'original perfection'
Schleiermacher's account of sin
The relation between sin and suffering
God as ultimately ordaining sin and suffering
Schleiermacher and the instrumental view of evil
Man's beginning and end
The Two Theodicies - Contrasts and Agreements
The contrast between the two types of theodicy
Points of hidden agreement
A Theodicy for Today
The Starting-Point
The negative task of theodicy
The traditional theodicy based upon Christian myth
The 'vale of soul-making' theodicy
Moral Evil
The shape of sin
The traditional free-will defence
The recent critique of the free-will defence
Divine-human personal relationship
Freedom as limited creativity
The virtual inevitability of the fall
Man created as a fallen being
Pain
Pain and suffering
Physical Pain
Has pain a biological value?
Pain and the structure of the world
Animal pain
Suffering
Suffering as a function of meaning
Pain as a cause of suffering
A paradise without suffering?
Excessive or dysteleological suffering
The traditional answer: nature preverted by fallen angels
Soul-making and mystery
The Kingdom of God and the Will of God
The infinite future good
Theodicy versus hell
The intermediate state
Some residual problems
The biblical paradox of evil
Its source in the duality of the Christian life
Its eschatological resolution
Recent Work on the Problem of Evil
Index

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