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on 13 December 2003
If you take A Level theology these days then either Peter Vardy is your primary resource, or you were born with the abilities of Thomas Aquinas. (Or perhaps you are destined to fail - who knows?)

But with this book, Vardy has surpassed himself. This is not simply a textbook for late teens cramming their way into college, but the only recent contribution to an issue that everyone in the modern world really should know more about.

For students, there are thorough but concise accounts of all the major contributors to our study of the nature, extent and implications of evil. That's good - they need to do more homework anyway.

But for the rest of us, a more complete and comprehensive guide to the most fundamental problem of moral life in our times simply does not exist.

You cannot read this book without questioning your own assumptions about right and wrong, without examining the rules you apply to your judgement of different peoples' interpretations of the same rules, or without learning something about how evil can often depend upon the place you are standing.

And if this book offends you, upsets you, or causes you to change your opinion about something, then that is all the more reason for you to read it.
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on 17 April 2009
I bought The Thinker's Guide to Evil by Peter Vardy and Julie Arliss because i am studying Philosophy and Ethics at A-Level and found this book a really good guide for such topics especially for the A2 course when in philosophy you study about Evil and where it comes from.

For non Philosophy and Ethics students, I think that it is a good book as it isn't confusing and approaches many topics around evil such as case studies about Christian, Buddhism, Hinduism etc views on where evil comes from and other case studies about Nazism.

In Conclusion, I think it is a great read for people that are interested in ethical values and for people studying Philosophy and Ethics A levels.
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on 3 December 2003
Peter Vardy and Julie Arliss have produced an excellent account of many of the traditional arguments with excellent modern examples to show that the question is still relevant. They also take things even further making you want to turn the pages more and more in search for 'an' answer - which you must find for yourself. The content is superb - to a standard which will maintain any students interest and develop their understanding to the levels needed for AS and A2. That said, this is an excellent read for any serious Christian (in particular) believer who is not afraid to question what they believe and why they believe it. Readers are helped to focus on questions with helpful 'Questions for Consideration' to clear up understanding at the end of each chapter. The book is also visually stunning and well structured in its sections. You'll struggle to get a better commentator on the Philosophy of Relgion than Vardy who makes many teachers lives that little bit easier.
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on 25 February 2010
The book is an excellent exposition of the concept Evil. The reader notices that the authors have very deep knowledge in theology and philosophy and the way they present the content reveals that they are able to synthesize in a superb manner. As a lay reader without special knowledge in theology or philosophy, I really appreciate that the book never gets so detailed or technical that I lost the thread of the argument or the interest.
In sum, a very nice book about an eternal topic.
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on 26 November 2011
Sloppy proofing, and not a page without some kind of grammatical error, reduces the positive impact of what is, or should be, an informative book.

Example: "All notions of perfection such as horse, beauty, truth and justice exist in the mind of God." Unless, of course, 'horse' is the acme of perfection in the mind of God.
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on 29 December 2014
Interesting book with a variety of perspectives. Very useful for A2 Religious Studies- Philosophy of Religion AQA
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on 24 October 2014
excellent
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on 6 March 2009
If you are a free-thinker interested in considering the problem of evil, then this isn't the book for you. It basically repeats the standard Christian answer to the problem of theodicy, throwing in some brickbats at atheists and humanists into the bargain. My recommedtation? Read Nietzsche instead....
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on 19 September 2003
Wow, its impressive. Im so proud to be Julie's student. Very good, should definitely buy it.
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