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When first released, Evil and the God of affection immediately grew to become famous as a latest theological vintage, extensively considered because the most vital paintings at the challenge of evil to seem in English for greater than a new release. together with a foreword by means of Marilyn McCord Adams, this reissue additionally encompasses a new preface by way of the author.

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There seems here to be an undeniable truth, to neglect which would be to forfeit the fundamental Christian belief in the reality of God as the sole Creator and ultimate ruler of all things. But this truth carries within it dangers for theodicy. JI 15 0/1 Man, i. Z92. Introductory genuinely evil and as utterly inimical to God's will and purpose. Evil can thus become domesticated within the divine household and seen as a servant instead of a deadly enemy; and then the theodicist finds himself calling evil good and preaching peace where there is no peace.

1917); Christian Ehrenfels, COJmIIgOlf1/, trans. , 1948), pp. ; and Edwin Lewis, The Creator and tire Adversary (New York: Abingdon-Cokesburg Press, 1MB)· 29 Introductory raises the same metaphysical queries as the existence of our own finite selves. Accordingly dualism does not constitute a logical terminus as does the monotheistic conception of an eternal self-existent Being who is the creator of everything other than Himself. This latter idea brings its own problems with it - above all, the problem of evil - but as a primary theological premise it has a metaphysical self-sufficiency that dualism lacks.

Francis M. Cornford, Plato's Cosmology: The Timaeus of Plato translated with a running commentary, 1937 (New York: The Liberal Arts Library, 1957), P·176. • Timoeus, trans. Cornford, 48 A. 26 Monism and Dualism which always seeks the best, is represented by the Demiurge, who is not the unlimited Creator of Judaic-Christian faith but a divine artificer working upon a given material. 1 It should be noted that Necessity does not, in the Timaeus, signify rigid determination or an unbreakable chain of cause and effect, but something more like chaos and randomness.

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