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Explaining Evil: Four Views

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2019.09.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W. Paul Franks (ed.), Explaining Evil: Four Views, Bloomsbury, 2019, 180pp., $27.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781501331121. Reviewed by Matthew K. Douglass, Ouachita Baptist University When confronted with the reality of widespread and terrible suffering, we naturally seek an explanation for why such things happen. In their attempts to make sense of suffering, philosophers have settled on a handful of ways to discuss the problem, dividing it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. It is common, for instance, to distinguish suffering caused by human cruelty from suffering that follows from indifferent laws of nature. Some philosophers address specific instances of suffering that are so horrific or seemingly pointless that they defy explanation, while others focus on why there is so much suffering in the world and why it is unfairly distributed. However, the problem of evil is parsed, it is typically stated as a problem for theism. If... Read More

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