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5. Facing evil

5. Facing evil  

David F. Ford

in Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779855
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10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.003.0005
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9780199679973
For innumerable people over the centuries evil has been the greatest practical and intellectual obstacle to believing and trusting in God. ‘Facing evil’ explains how some of the most ... More
3. An argument against the existence of God

3. An argument against the existence of God  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777363
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.003.0004
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9780199553648
God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has three important characteristics: omnipotence, omniscience, and supreme benevolence. Through these three characteristics, theism is challenged by ... More
6. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the ‘death of God’

6. Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the ‘death of God’  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.0006
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9780199569250
‘Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and the “death of God”’ looks at the questioning of self-determination in the work of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. The importance of Greek tragedy to German ... More
2. Scepticism

2. Scepticism  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191779916
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10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0002
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9780199661268
When you start to get self-conscious about what you know, even the simplest fact, something you usually think you could verify at a glance, can start to seem like something you don’t really ... More
3. Summa Theologiae: First Part

3. Summa Theologiae: First Part  

Fergus Kerr

in Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777387
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10.1093/actrade/9780199556649.003.0003
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9780199556649
God is the main subject in ‘Summa Theologiae: First Part’, a massive work of Catholic Christian theology. The study of theology is compared with that of philosophy, with faith fulfilling ... More
The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.001.0001
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9780199580996
Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ explores the Devil's identity. Is he the evil in all of us? Or a metaphor for pain and destruction? In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, he is a living being who ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0006
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The Devil is represented in history, literature and theology as a figure of darkness and malice. He is the — often appealing — excuse for the bad things that happen in life. Just as some ... More
4. Physics

4. Physics  

Brad Inwood

in Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191828973
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10.1093/actrade/9780198786665.003.0004
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9780198786665
One of the main dividing lines in Greek physical theory was the question of the nature of matter. ‘Physics’ explains that the Stoics fit squarely into the non-atomistic tradition, being ... More
Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Quentin Skinner

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191874215
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10.1093/actrade/9780198837572.001.0001
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9780198837572
Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction considers the life and impact of the Florentine Renaissance humanist, diplomat, historian, and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. ... More
5. The problem of evil

5. The problem of evil  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0005
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9780198754961
Evil represents the most serious challenge to belief in God. Philosophers of religion typically distinguish between two versions of the problem of evil: the logical and the evidential ... More
Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction  

Tim Bayne

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.001.0001
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9780198754961
Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction introduces the field of philosophy of religion, and engages with some of the most burning questions that philosophers discuss. ... More
Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.001.0001
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9780198718642
Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction discusses the philosophy of the German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) and his desire for systematic reform and advancement of ... More
6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy

6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0006
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‘The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy’ explains that Leibniz’s claim that the world we live in is ‘the best of all possible worlds’ is deceptively simple, but based on ... More
6. Religions of India

6. Religions of India  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0006
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9780198708957
‘Religions of India’ shows that Indian understandings and characterisations of God are extremely diverse and are expressed in the vivid proliferation of worship, rituals, meditation, music, ... More
7. On knowing and not knowing God

7. On knowing and not knowing God  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0007
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9780198708957
How can God be known? ‘On knowing and not knowing God’ proposes that it could only be if God creates the means of that knowing, and of that being known. What are the effects through which ... More
6. Confessions

6. Confessions  

Henry Chadwick

in Augustine: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776762
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854520.003.0006
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9780192854520
Augustine was consecrated as coadjustor bishop of Hippo, not without controversy. The combination of his Manichee past and his extreme cleverness meant that he was distrusted. ‘Confessions’ ... More
3. Rationalism and empiricism

3. Rationalism and empiricism  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191779916
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10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0003
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9780199661268
‘Rationalism and empiricism’ considers the different ways of thinking about nature that emerged in the Early Modern period, illustrated by René Descartes' rationalism and John Locke's ... More
3. Karma and rebirth

3. Karma and rebirth  

Damien Keown

in Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.003.0003
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9780199663835
‘Karma and rebirth’ introduces the mechanisms of the Buddhist universe. This universe comprises the physical universe and the life forms which inhabit it. These give rise to cyclical world ... More
5. The Devil today

5. The Devil today  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0005
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chapter
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9780199580996
Who believes in ‘The Devil today’? Satan retains an important role in many faith communities in the Western world. Elsewhere he survives as a key figure in popular culture. Advertisers ... More

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