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THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. PETER GREEN, M.A.
REV. PETER GREEN, M.A.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 10, 2013
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THE PROBLEM OF EVILBEING AN ATTEMPT TO SHEW THAT THEEXISTENCE OF SIN AND PAIN IN THEWORLD IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITHTHE GOODNESS AND POWER OF GODBY THEREV. PETER GREEN, M.A.CANON OF MANCHESTERCHAPLAIN TO H.M. THE KINGTHIS book is the outcome of a course of readingand thinking begun many years ago, and myconclusions remain quite unaffected by theevents of the war. My sense of the importance of the Problem of Evil for theology andreligion has indeed been deepened by theseevents, but my moral and intellectual attitudetowards that problem is in other ways unaltered.CONTENTStJOUINTRODUCTION . 1CHAPTER I
 
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL STATEDPersonal Religion and the Problem of Evil Is the Problemof Evil soluble ? Is a merely partial solution honest 1Illustration of a partial solution Two distinctproblems : (i) Sin, and(ii) Pain The Moral Sense ourcourt of appeal The argument as far as possiblepractical . 5CHAPTEE IITHE NATURE OF GOOD AND EVILWhat is Evil ? Evil not merely relative Moral Good andEvil, qualities of a Free Being Three possiblecriticisms of this view Do not circumstances altercases? Is the distinction between the goodness of spiritual and material things a real one ? Does notman exist merely for God? What is meant by theexpression ' man's true nature ' ? The conclusion of the argument of this chapter v .' 24vi THE PROBLEM OF EVILCHAPTER inTHE NATURE OF GOD'S OMNIPOTENCE*AThe problem re-stated A concrete example The natureof God's Omnipotence What then is possible to God ?Can we recognise any reason for this distinction of possibilities ? Importance of this conclusion Anexample of an essentially impossible action Theconclusion of the argument of this chapter <CHAPTER IVTHE NATURE OF THE WILL
 
The nature of the Will The problem: is it worthdiscussing? Results of a necessitarian view Argument from the existence of a moral sense Causeswhich have led men to hold necessitarian viewsChoice determined by ideal ends Conception of a 'free choice' Ethical importance of the idea of ideal ends 65CHAPTER VTHE ARGUMENT OF THB LAST CHAPTER EXAMINEDSome difficulties to be considered Twofold answer to thisobjection Logical outcome of epi-phenomenalismThe determinism of the idealist Character A' universe of effective desire ' The goal of perfectionThe conclusions arrived at as to Free Will ICONTENTS viiCHAPTER VIIS MAN A FALLEN CREATURE?PAOKNot the Fall, but the possibility of a Fall, necessaryThree questions propounded Is man a fallen creature ?The witness of man's conscience in all ages Difficulties in the way of any theory of the FallThe substitution of 'Falls' for a Fall Difficultiesunsolved by the view of the Fall just stated Whatis needed . 108CHAPTER VIIA THEORY OP THE FALL STATED

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