chapter  8
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Why God Does Not Prevent All Evil

Even if free-will theodicy is able to consistently affirm the reality of genuine creaturely freedom, Griffin thinks that free-will theism is fraught with difficulties. As he sees it, the God of free-will theism possesses monistic power which implies that he could have created a world in which there is no evil (P3). If so, then he should have done so, for there exists simply too much evil and suffering in this world. Free-will theists would, of course, insist that the possibility of evil is necessary if creatures are to attain higher values. Griffin finds such a response unsatisfactory.