God, the Best, and Evil

Hardcover | May 1, 2008

byBruce Langtry

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God, the Best, and Evil is an original treatment of some longstanding problems about God and his actions towards human beings. First, Bruce Langtry explores some implications of divine omnipotence, omniscience, and perfect goodness for God's providence. In particular, he investigates whetherGod is in some sense a maximizer. Second, he assesses the strength of objections to the existence of God that are based on the apparent fact that God could have created a better world than this one. Finally, he assesses the strength of objections to the existence of God that focus on the problem ofevil. To create a (possible) world is to strongly or weakly actualize it. A world is prime if God can create it, and he cannot create a world better than it. This book's conclusions include the following: (1) If there is at least one prime world, then if God does create some world he will create a primeworld. (2) If there are no prime worlds, then it does not follow that God does not exist. Instead, what follows is that if God creates a world he will create one that is good enough, despite the fact that he could create a world which is better. (3) This conclusion does not give rise to a goodobjection to theism, based on the apparent fact that the actual world is improvable and yet it is not good enough (4) Even if there is a best world, or several equal-best worlds, God cannot create any of them. (5) A good partial theodicy for evil can be provided, appealing to goods bound up withhuman free will, moral responsibility, and the roles of individuals' own personal traits in shaping their own and other people's lives. The partial theodicy is neutral between Theological Compatibilism and libertarianism. (6) The problem of evil does not provide a very strong objection to theexistence of God.

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God, the Best, and Evil is an original treatment of some longstanding problems about God and his actions towards human beings. First, Bruce Langtry explores some implications of divine omnipotence, omniscience, and perfect goodness for God's providence. In particular, he investigates whetherGod is in some sense a maximizer. Second, he ...

Bruce Langtry was a student at the University of Sydney, where he obtained his BA and PhD, and was appointed to a teaching fellowship. He spent four years teaching at the University of Tasmania before moving to the University of Melbourne in May, 1976. His current main research is in philosophy of religion, but he has also published j...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Problems, concepts, and background theories2. God and worlds than which there are none better3. Divine choice from infinite hierarchies of creatable worlds4. World-creation when there are prime worlds5. Empirical objections to theism, not based on evil6. Logical arguments from evil, against the existence of God7. Theodicy for two general truths about evil