Evil is as problematic today as it was for the founders of the world's religions or the philosophers of the ancient world. In Evil and the Response of World Religions, William Cenkner has gathered 19 essays--from authorities such as Peter C. Phan, Wande Abimbola, Riffat Hassan, Paul Badham, Chandra Wikramagamage, and Mary Ann Stenger--which reflect not only the wisdom of the West, Asia, and Africa, but also contemporary insights from feminist, liberationist, and ecological perspectives. All writers face a similar enigma as human potential increases along with the possibility of human depravity.
Religions, both East and West, have responded to the problem of evil through their shamans, prophets, and wisdom figures with understanding and profound consideration. Each tradition, either collectively or through individual thinkers, has something distinct and important to say. The purpose this book is to identify causes and possible solutions to particular manifestations of evil--such as war, racism, consumerism, and family fragmentation.