Among the Creationists is well written, well formatted, and well organized (though I thought that most of the content of the endnotes should have been incorporated into the text). It has a good list of references and a good index. It is barely 230 pages long, and it is a pleasure to read. May I recommend that anyone with an interest in creationism go straight to your local independent book dealer, buy a copy, and read it through?
As with yesterday’s review, however, I do feel compelled to reply to one point. Young writes:
Speaking of theodicy, Rosenhouse devotes an entire chapter to theodicy and takes on quite a spectrum of theologians with moderate success. One solution he does not discuss is to discard one of the three O’s – omniscience, omnipotence, and omnibenevolence.
Ahem. I certainly do discuss it. You will find it on page 142. It is true that I don’t dwell on it, but that’s because the problem of evil as I understand it is precisely the problem of reconciling the existence of the tri-omni God with the existence of evil. That is the view of God taken by the people whose work I was addressing in that chapter, at any rate. To discuss the consequences of discarding one of the omni’s would be to change the subject.
There are a few other points in the review that merit discussion, I think, but I shall save that for future posts.