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  • Original Sin And The Fall


    “What is this that you have done?”

    Throughout the church’s history, Christians have largely agreed that God’s good creation of humanity was marred by humanity’s sinful rebellion, resulting in our separation from God and requiring divine intervention in the saving work of Christ. But Christians have disagreed over many particular questions surrounding humanity’s fall, including the extent of original sin, the nature of the fall, the question of guilt, how to interpret the narratives from Genesis, and how these questions relate to our understanding of human origins and modern science. This Spectrum Multiview book presents five views on these questions: Augustinian, Reformed, Wesleyan, Eastern Orthodox, and a Reconceived view. Each contributor offers both an articulation of their own view and responses to the other views in question. The result is a robust reflection on one of the most central–and controversial–tenets of the faith. Views and Contributors:

    *An Augustinian View (Hans Madueme, Covenant College)

    *A Moderate Reformed View (Oliver Crisp, The University of St. Andrews)

    *A Wesleyan View (Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary)

    *An Eastern Orthodox View (Andrew Louth, Durham University)

    *A Reconceived View (Tatha Wiley, University of St. Thomas)

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  • God And The Problem Of Evil


    Introduction Chad V. Meister And James K. Dew Jr.

    Part 1: Perspectives On The Problem Of Evil
    1. The Classic View Phillip Cary
    2. The Molinist View William Lane Craig
    3. The Open Theist View William Hasker
    4. The Essential Kenosis View Thomas Jay Oord
    5. The Skeptical Theist View: A Journey Stephen Wykstra

    Part 2: Responses
    6. Response To Other Contributors Phillip Cary
    7. Response To Other Contributors William Lane Craig
    8. Response To Other Contributors William Hasker
    9. Response To Other Contributors Thomas Jay Oord
    10. Response To Other Contributors Stephen Wykstra

    Author Index
    Subject Index

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    Evil abounds. And so do the attempts to understand God in the face of such evil. The problem of evil is a constant challenge to faith in God. How can we believe in a loving and powerful God given the existence of so much suffering in the world? Philosophers and theologians have addressed this problem countless times over the centuries. New explanations have been proposed in recent decades drawing on resources in Scripture, theology, philosophy, and science. God and the Problem of Evil stages a dialogue between the five key positions in the current debate: Phillip Cary: A Classic ViewWilliam Lane Craig: A Molinist ViewWilliam Hasker: An Open Theist ViewThomas J. Oord: An Essential Kenosis ViewStephen Wykstra: A Skeptical Theism View According to the classic position, associated especially with the Augustinian tradition, God permits evil and suffering as part of the grand narrative of divine providence to bring about the redemption of creation. Molinism modifies the classic view by adding God’s middle knowledge to the picture, in which God has knowledge of what creatures would do in all possible worlds. Open theism rejects the determinism of the classic view in favor of an account of God as a risk-taker who does not know for sure what the future holds. Essential kenosis goes further in providing a comprehensive theodicy by arguing that God cannot control creatures and thus cannot unilaterally prevent evil. Skeptical theism rejects the attempt to provide a theodicy and instead argues that, if God exists, we should not expect to understand God’s purposes. Edited, with an introduction, by Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr., God and the Problem of Evil hosts a generous and informative conversation on one of the most pressing issues in the Christian life.

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  • God And Evil


    If God is good, why is there suffering? The question is as timeless as it is urgent. In this volume, Chad Meister and James K. Dew, leading thinkers in Christian philosophy and apologetics, take on the problem of suffering from all angles. They seriously engage contemporary critiques leveled against the faith and offer readers new confidence and hope in the God who suffered and died and rose again.

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