Monotheism, Suffering, and Evil (Elements in Religion and Monotheism)
Suffering and evil in the world provide the basis for the most difficult challenge to monotheistic belief. This Element discusses how the three great monotheisms – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – respond to the problem of suffering and evil. Different versions of the problem, types of answers, and recurring themes in philosophical and religious sources are analyzed. Objections to the enterprise of theodicy are also discussed as are additional objections to the monotheistic God more broadly. This treatment culminates in a recommendation for how monotheism can best respond to the most serious formulation of the problem, the argument from gratuitous evil.
- Author: Michael L. Peterson
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publish Date: 2022-01-01
- ISBN-10: 1108822878
- ISBN-13: 9781108822879