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Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#1  Postby The Doctor » Mar 06, 2010 6:11 pm

Can anyone suggest some good books on free will and the problem of evil? I'm particularly interested in this area of philosophy.

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Re: Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#2  Postby Eric Aiello » Mar 06, 2010 6:22 pm

I just picked up Bart D. Ehrman's book titled God's Problem - How the Bible Fails to Answer our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer. I guess it doesn't necessarily deal with evil, although you could argue that a god who allows innocent people to suffer as they do is actually a bit evil. It sounds like a pretty enjoyable book. Not sure if it is what you're looking for.
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#3  Postby Darkchilde » Mar 06, 2010 6:23 pm

There is one by Bart Ehrman about the problem of evil, called "God's Problem".
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Re: Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#4  Postby Eric Aiello » Mar 06, 2010 6:24 pm

Darkchilde wrote:There is one by Bart Ehrman about the problem of evil, called "God's Problem".


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#5  Postby The Doctor » Mar 06, 2010 6:25 pm

I picked that one up the other day, I haven't started it yet, I'm a big fan though so I know it will be great.
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Re: Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#6  Postby crank » Mar 06, 2010 7:00 pm

Eric Aiello wrote:I just picked up Bart D. Ehrman's book titled God's Problem - How the Bible Fails to Answer our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer. I guess it doesn't necessarily deal with evil, although you could argue that a god who allows innocent people to suffer as they do is actually a bit evil. It sounds like a pretty enjoyable book. Not sure if it is what you're looking for.

It very directly deals with how you cannot believe in a benevolent god and have all the suffering and evil that is in the world, it is particularly good because it explains how it was this that lead Ehrman to abandon his fundamentalist upbringing and faith. He is a very good writer, a noted biblical scholar, you cannot go wrong with his books. I've read 10 I think, all quite enjoyable and informative, his style is breezy, relaxed, an easy read even with dry subject matter.
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#7  Postby j.mills » Mar 06, 2010 7:18 pm

Free will in general, you might like Daniel Dennett's Freedom Evolves.
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Re: Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#8  Postby NineOneFour » Mar 08, 2010 2:43 am

The Science of Good and Evil, by Michael Shermer. I'm halfway through it and it hasn't exploded my frontal lobe yet, so that's good.
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Re: Books on Free Will and the Problem of Evil?

#9  Postby GreatApe » Mar 09, 2010 2:36 am

One book that I particularly enjoyed was "The Lucifer Principle" by Howard Bloom.

http://www.amazon.com/Lucifer-Principle ... nskepti-20

I also finished "Terror in the Mind of God" by Mark Juergensmeyer right before I left California, and enjoyed and respected that book so much that I brought it to China with me to read again sometime in the future. Here's the link for it as well:

http://www.amazon.com/Terror-Mind-God-R ... nskepti-20

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