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The Problem of Evil: The Gifford Lectures delivered in the University of St Andrews in 2003

Peter van Inwagen


This book contains in eight chapters the revised text of eight Gifford lectures, which were delivered at the University of St Andrews in 2003. The problem of evil may be formulated as a question addressed to theists: why would an all-powerful and benevolent God permit the existence of vast amounts of truly horrible suffering? Many reflective people are convinced that this question has no answer. The reasons that underlie this conviction can be formulated as an argument for the non-existence of God, the so-called argument from evil: if there were a God, he would not permit the existence of vast ... More

Keywords: argument from evil, suffering, God, theodicy, divine attributes, free-will defence, animal suffering, hiddenness of God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter van Inwagen, author
University of Notre Dame, Indiana