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Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

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Only the most naive or tendentious among us would deny the extent and intensity of suffering in the world. Can one hold, consistently with the common view of suffering in the world, that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that one can.
Wandering in Darkness first presents the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical t
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Hardcover, 688 pages
Published November 19th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Aug 12, 2014 Dwpage rated it it was amazing
Writing reviews of books that are long or have much depth is often difficult. Writing a brief review of a book that is both long and has much depth is nearly impossible. Stump's book on the problem of suffering is at once revolutionary in many of the ideas it puts forward, and yet at the same time it clearly and systematically expresses and defends many of the most fundamental and focal truths of Christianity. She suggests that the problem of suffering is not best addressed through the ...more
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Jul 22, 2016 Benjamin Thompson rated it it was ok
Stump presents a very interesting way of thinking about desires, but she makes two fatal assumptions in her analysis; 1) that all people have libertarian as opposed to compatibilist freedom and 2) that the desires of all people's hearts are basically good. The first assumption, though philosophically problematic, can at least be held with some credibility and sincerity given a Biblical worldview, the second assumption cannot. No reading of Romans 1 or the book of Proverbs could give one the ...more
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Jun 22, 2013 James Klagge rated it really liked it
I was going to give it a 3 until the last chapter, which was really very good--addressing all the reasons that giving a theodicy is a questionable enterprise. Written by a colleague from VT during my first 6 years there--now gone on to much greater fame. The book, as you can judge by its length (the pages are also larger and the type smaller than your average book), is endlessly detailed--covering all possible objections and complications. In fact the end notes are longer than the text of my own ...more
Marina E
Feb 15, 2016 Marina E rated it it was amazing
Simply put: the best philosophical work on the problem of suffering I have read to date. Stump's engaging style, profound reflection on biblical narratives and compelling analysis of Aquinas' theodicy are simply formidable. A book I will definitely be coming back to from time to time.
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Mar 06, 2013 Greg Coates rated it it was amazing
Brilliant reflections on the problem of evil from both the analytical philosophical tradition and from narrative-centered biblical studies. Loved it!
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Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffe
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