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God and Evil - C. E. M. [Cyril Edwin Mitchinson] Joad

Faber & Faber, 1942, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with loss at both edges, heavily sunned at the spine with a tape-repaired tear to the front flap, further tear to the leading edge of the upper panel and staining to the reverse of the dust wrapper. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

From the cover: “Dr. Joad’s new book is a re-examination of the religious view of the uni verse. The word ‘re-examination’ is used because in 1929, in a book en titled The Present and Future of Religion, the author discussed the problems of religion and arrived at conclusions which were, broadly speaking, agnostical in regard to the theory of religion and hostile to the practice of the organized Churches. Various causes have combined to induce a reconsideration of the position then taken up. Among these is the prevalence and obtrusiveness of evil in the modern world which it seems increasingly difficult to write off as a by-product either of economic hardship or of psychological maladjustment. A belief in the reality of evil seems to demand a view of the universe akin to those which the great religions have taken, and leads therefore to a renewed and sympathetic consideration of the whole religious claim. The argu ments against the view that the universe was created by an omnipotent and benevolent God are stated and recon sidered. The significance of the problem of evil is discussed. The scientific view of the universe and those philosophies which are founded on science — such as Emergent and Creative Evolution — are subjected to critical examination. The various attempts which have been made I to explain religion away on subjectivist lines are found to be unsatisfactory. The objectivity and absoluteness of values are affirmed, and the question whether there is actual experience of God as a unity expressed in the values of both goodness and beauty is discussed at some length in the light of aesthetic and moral experience. In a final chapter the claims of Christianity to present a unique revelation of God’s nature and purpose through the medium of a divine or semi-divine personage are considered.”
Size: 7½" x 5"
Number of Pages: 363

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