chapter  9
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Genuine Evil and the Task of the Philosophical Theologian

In this chapter, I want to consider what Griffin sees as two further difficulties belonging to traditional free-will theodicy. First of all, Griffin thinks that free-will theism is unable to affirm the reality of genuine evil in the world. For free-will theism maintains that God permits evil in the world for the greater good. But then, when all is said and done, is there such a thing as genuine evil? In what meaningful sense could free-will theism say there’s genuine evil in the world? Griffin thinks it cannot. Second, Griffin objects to what he sees as free-will theism’s defensive stance with reference to the problem of evil. He thinks that such a stance stems from what he sees as a close connection between the traditional notion of divine omnipotence and the task of theodicy. I shall look at these two issues in turn.