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God and Evil

The Case for God in a World Filled with Pain

Edited by Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr.

God and Evil
  • Length: 360 pages
  • Published: November 14, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 6646
  • ISBN: 9780830866465

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The question of evil--its origins, its justification, its solution--has plagued humankind from the beginning. Every generation raises the question and struggles with the responses it is given. Questions about the nature of evil and how it is reconciled with the truth claims of Christianity are unavoidable; we need to be prepared to respond to such questions with great clarity and good faith.

God and Evil compiles the best thinking on all angles on the question of evil, from some of the finest scholars in religion, philosophy and apologetics, including

  • Gregory E. Ganssle and Yena Lee
  • Bruce Little
  • Garry DeWeese
  • R. Douglas Geivett
  • James Spiegel
  • Jill Graper Hernandez
  • Win Corduan
  • David Beck

With additional chapters addressing "issues in dialogue" such as hell and human origins, and a now-famous debate between evangelical philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist philosopher Michael Tooley, God and Evil provides critical engagement with recent arguments against faith and offers grounds for renewed confidence in the God who is "acquainted with grief."

"God and Evil provides critical engagement with recent arguments against faith and offers grounds for renewed confidence in the God who is 'acquainted with grief.'"

Light Magazine Canada, June 2013

"If you are going to remember one thing about this book let it be this: value. . . . Further, the essays uniformly achieve a good balance between rigor and accessibility, giving the motivated lay reader a solid familiarity with the ongoing philosophical discussion relating to the problem of evil. . . . I'd like to commend the editors Meister and Dew for the yeoman's job they did in commissioning a diverse and ecclectic collection of essays on a wide range of topics. God and Evil is an excellent contribution to the literature."

Randal Rauser, apologist and author of The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetics Rabbit Trails

"For thoughtful believers, this collection of essays in God and Evil by prominent Christian thinkers will be useful for reference and teaching. The book is academically solid and accessible to most readers. . . . In our age of pluralism and relativism, reading insightful arguments for Christian truth is encouraging and empowering for followers of Jesus committed to the Great Commission."

Charlie Self, Enrichment, Spring 2013


Part One: What is Evil and Why is it a Problem?
1. Evidential Problems of Evil
Gregory E. Ganssle and Yena Lee
2. Logical Problems of Evil
James K. Dew Jr.
3. God and Gratuitous Evil
Bruce Little
Part Two: Some Reasons God Might Allow Evil
4. Natural Evil: A "Free Process" Defense
Garry DeWeese
5. Augustine and the Problem of Evil
R. Douglas Geivett
6. The Irenaean Soul-Making Theodicy
James Spiegel
7. Leibniz and the Best of All Possible Worlds
Jill Graper Hernandez
Part Three: Evil and Other Relevant Themes
8. Evil and Primeval Sin
Paul Copan
9. Evil and Original Sin
Paul Copan
10. Evil and the Hiddenness of God
Chad Meister
11. Evil and Prayer
Charles Taliaferro
12. Evil, the Resurrection and the Example of Jesus
Gary Habermas
13. Evil in Non-Christian Religions
Win Corduan
14. Evil and the New Atheism
David Beck
15. Evil as Evidence for Christianity
Gregory E. Ganssle
Part Four: Issues in Dialogue
16. Diversity, Evil and Hell: A Particularist Approach
William Lane Craig
17. God, Evil and Hell: An Inclusivist Approach
Kyle Blanchette and Jerry Walls
18. Evil, Creation and Intelligent Design
William Dembski
19. Evil, Creation and Evolution
Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins
Appendix: The Craig-Tooley Debate: Theism, Atheism and the Problem of Evil
William Lane Craig and Michael Tooley
List of Contributors


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Chad Meister

Chad Meister (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of philosophy and theology and chair of the department of religion and philosophy at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana. His publications include God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views, Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Contemporary Philosophical Theology, The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, and the six-volume work The History of Evil.

James K. Dew Jr.

James K. Dew Jr. (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Birmingham) is president and professor of Christian philosophy at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of Philosophy: A Christian Introduction and Understanding Postmodernism: A Christian Perspective and the coeditor of God and Evil: The Case for God in a World Filled with Pain and God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views.