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The greater-good defence : an essay on the rationality of faith

Author: Melville Y Stewart
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
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Several defences, viewed in this study as specifications or 'offspring' of the 'parent' greater-good defence, have been formulated in response to the charge that Christianity is untenable because God's existence is incompatible with evil's existence. In this first book-length study of the parent defence, Stewart begins with careful definitions of the omni-attributes central to the dispute: omnipotence, omniscience,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melville Y Stewart
ISBN: 0312080956 9780312080952
OCLC Number: 25412328
Description: xi, 202 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence --
The greater-good defence --
Derivations of greater-good defence --
The free will defence specification --
Growth-to-moral-maturity / soul-growth defence specifiaction --
O Feliz Culpa, redemption, and the greater-good defence.
Responsibility: Melville Y. Stewart.

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Several defences, viewed in this study as specifications or 'offspring' of the 'parent' greater-good defence, have been formulated in response to the charge that Christianity is untenable because God's existence is incompatible with evil's existence. In this first book-length study of the parent defence, Stewart begins with careful definitions of the omni-attributes central to the dispute: omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenevolence. The parent defence is traced to tenets of theism and variant accounts of the defence considered. Plantinga's modal free-will defence and Hick's and Yandell's soul-growth specifications are carefully analyzed and several difficulties resolved. An original formulation of a redemption specification and an original account of the origin of moral evil are offered. Stewart argues that the defences are rightly viewed as a family of defences falling under the greater-good heading, and that they comprise a complementary apologetic complex that refutes the claim of inconsistency.

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