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By James E. Tomberlin, Peter van Inwagen (auth.), James E. Tomberlin, Peter van Inwagen (eds.)

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The goal of this sequence is to notify either specialist philosophers and a bigger readership (of social and typical scientists, methodologists, mathematicians, scholars, lecturers, publishers, etc.) approximately what's going, who is who, and who does what in modern philosophy and good judgment. PROFILES is designed to offer the study task and the result of already awesome personalities and faculties and of newly rising ones within the a variety of fields of philosophy and common sense. there are numerous Festschrift volumes devoted to a number of philosophers. there's the prestigious Library of dwelling Philosophers edited by means of P. A. Schilpp whose structure inspired the current firm. nonetheless they could purely disguise little or no of the modern philosophical scene. confronted with an important enlargement of philosophical details and with a nearly scary department of work and extending specialization we'd like systematic and ordinary methods of keeping an eye on what occurs within the career. PROFILES is meant to accomplish any such functionality. every one quantity is dedicated to at least one or numerous philosophers whose perspectives and effects are offered and mentioned. The profiled philosopher(s) will summarize and overview his (their) personal paintings commonly fields of vital contribution. This paintings may be mentioned and evaluated through invited participants. correct old and/or biographical facts, an updated bibliography with brief abstracts of an important works and, each time attainable, references to major experiences and discussions can also be included.

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No doubt there isn't any logical incompatibility between God's power and knowledge and goodness, on the one hand, and the existence of the evils we see on the other; and no doubt the latter doesn't provide a good probabilistic argument against the former. No doubt; but this is cold and abstract comfort when faced with 35 ALVIN PLANTINGA the shocking concreteness of a particularly appalling exemplification of evil. What the believer in the grip of this sort of spiritual perplexity needs, of course, is not philosophy, but religious counsel.

I should like, however, to mention one point that I believe is of special significance. As the Christian sees things, God does not stand idly by, coolly observing the suffering of his creatures. He enters into and shares our suffering. He endures the anguish of seeing his son, the second person of the Trinity, consigned to the bitterly cruel and shameful death of the cross. Some theologians claim that God cannot suffer. I believe they are wrong. God's capacity for suffering, I believe, is proportional to his greatness; it exceeds our capacity for suffering in the same measure as his capacity for knowledge exceeds ours.

Nevertheless to show that (a) is true or to provide a strong argument for it would be a step towards showing that (b) was true; at any rate, anyone who was apprised of a demonstration or good argument for 37 ALVIN PLANTINGA (a) (and accepted it as a good argument for (a)) would have a strong reason for rejecting theism. My first problem was that most of the atheologians seldom bothered to state their claims with any precision; they simply declared that there was an incompatibility or contradiction between (1) God exists and is omniscient, omnipotent and wholly good and (2) There is evil and left it at that.

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