By Andrew Gleeson
A daunting Love considerably rethinks God and evil. It rejects theodicy and its impersonal belief of cause and morality. religion survives evil via a marvelous love that resists philosophical clarification. Authors criticised comprise Alvin Plantinga, Richard Swinburne, Marilyn McCord Adams, Peter van Inwagen, John Haldane, William Hasker.
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Extra resources for A Frightening Love: Recasting the Problem of Evil
Nor has a guilty verdict simply been ignored. Rather the authority of that tribunal to be the only or the last word over the case has been denied on the authority of love: the very love that God is and that moves believers to respond to that love and to accept the world and its Creator not according to merits but unconditionally. This need not mean that believers – even ones unable to feel any doubt of God’s love – do not feel powerfully the reality of evil, and the case that makes for the prosecution.
Suppose first that he knew it to be high. Then he knowingly, willingly took an action with a high risk of disaster. Must he not then bear some responsibility for the outcome? Consider the nuclear weapons and Frankenstein cases again. So, finally, suppose he knew the likelihood to be low, vanishingly remote even. This is the scenario most favourable to the theodicist. It does not seem that God acted irresponsibly in taking such a remote risk. 22 A Frightening Love If this is a logical possibility (as I grant for the sake of argument), then perhaps the logical problem of evil can still be solved.
The vast bulk of the literature on the problem of evil (not all, of course) takes the impersonal conception for granted. By clinging to the narrow range of impersonal critical concepts philosophers’ thought about the problem of evil has impoverished our sense of the possibilities, of the variety of defensible responses to the reality of evil which human life actually contains. It renders the voice of someone like Ivan 32 A Frightening Love Karamazov unable to be heard, for to hear it you need to recognise that thought is answerable to more than logic, fact and so on.
A Frightening Love: Recasting the Problem of Evil by Andrew Gleeson