Ny bok: The Problem of Evil and the Power of God
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The problem of evil can be defined theoretically as the apparent inconsistency between, on the one hand, belief in the existence of a perfectly good and omnipotent God and, on the other hand, the existence of evil. This book discusses four different solutions to this problem, provided by Richard Swinburne, Keith Ward, David Griffin and Johan Hygen, with the goal of finding the most coherent solution. The author makes several suggestions for improvement and concludes that there is a coherent answer to the problem of evil. While the focus is on Christian approaches to the problem, many of the approaches and solutions are applicable to other religions as well.
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Atle Ottesen Søvik deftly maneuvers through major options in theodicy, pointing out strengths and weaknesses in each. Time and again, issues of God’s power take center stage in his exploration. Readers would be wise to join Søvik in assessing significant ways of envisioning God’s power, while moving toward a conscientious response to the problem of evil. This book forces us to think more deeply than we are typically accustomed to thinking!
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- Thomas Jay Oord
, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, Author of Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement“Søvik’s The Problem of Evil and the Power of God is an important contribution to research within philosophy of religion and theology. It holds a high international level and must be considered to be an outstanding work.”
- Mikael Stenmark
, University of Upsala.The author considers four modern attempts to deal philosophically with the problem of evil. He does so helpfully and clearly, and adds relevant comments of his own. This, in my view, is an excellent creative treatment of the problem which will be very helpful for students as well as for the general reader.
- Keith Ward
, Christ Church College Oxford, UK.The Problem of Evil and the Power of God is a brilliant and very well argued analysis of some of the most important modern Christian theodices. In particular, the author has developed a careful analysis of philosophers like Swinburne, Ward, and Griffin. The book is one of the best accounts of the challenges of modern theodices that presently exists. It is also highly readable.
- Professor Nils Gilje
, University of Bergen.