Evil and the Cross: An Analytical Look at the Problem of PainEvil and the Cross: An Analytical Look at the Problem of Pain
Henri Blocher
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Theodicy has always been a tough issue for monotheistic faiths: how can a loving God permit the evil we see around us every day? Blocher refers to psychologists, theologians, ethicists, philosophers, and others in this multipronged attempt to unravel one of the universe's deep mysteries. 160 pages, softcover. Kregel.

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Translator's preface


Evil: the reality behind the word
The three questions about evil
The three solutions of human reason
The proposed shape of our study

1    The Solution by universal order

The best of all possible worlds
Evil as the waste product of evolution
Evil, the 'bite of non-being'

2    The solution by autonomous freedom

'Meonic' freedom: Nikolai Berdyaev
Hardly God at all: Wilfred Monod
Process theology
The powerless God in our midst: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The ethical vision: Immanuel Kant
The dizzying anxiety of freedom: Søren Kierkegaard
God's withdrawal
The constraints of soul-making: John Hick

3    The solution by dialectical reasoning

The dialectics of the abyss: Jakob Boehme
Non-being overcome: Paul Tillich
The dialectics of the cross: Hegel
The cross within God: Jürgen Moltmann
The dialectics of grace: Karl Barth

4    Scripture on evil, principally its origin

The evil reality of evil
The universal sovereignty of the Lord
The unadulterated goodness of God and his work
The thorn in reason's flesh
Inscrutability, the cross, hope

5    Evil and the kingdom

Evil abolished in the kingdom
The kingdom that has come in Jesus Christ
The persistence and growth of evil
An unforeseen postponement?
The 'dispensationalist' division of history
The liberal school of Albert Schweitzer
The unfolding of the ages
The virulent counter-attack
The necessity of faith
The way of the kingdom


Light in the darkness
Evil conquered as evil