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3.0 out of 5 stars Swinburnes theodicy, 18 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Providence and the Problem of Evil (Paperback)
Swinburne developed in this book a traditional christian theodicy, i.e. an explanation why there is no contradiction between the existence of God and the tremendous amount of Evil in this world.
He described the theological and philosophical concepts neccessary to grasp the christian image of God very concise and easy to understand. This alone makes this book a good read.
But there are also drawbacks:
His assumption that a omniscient God doesn't know the future of sentient agents with free will shatters the whole concept of God's omniscience (to be fair, Swinburne recognizes this to some extent in citing a different view on this topic). But his free will thesis is a building block of his theodicy and runs into the question whether Swinburnes presupposed image of God is compatible with the christian image of God at all.
Furthermore, Swinburne failed in conclusively showing that the Good outweighs the Evil in the world and that it is morally permissible for God to let an individual agent suffer in order to obtain a "greater" Good not connected to this agent.
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