Response to Tilley

Andrew Gleeson

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Of the many points raised in Terrence Tilley's interesting paper, I have had here to concentrate on just one.
Tilley affirms the "priority of practice" regarding the problem of evil (henceforth, POE). He develops a distinction, drawn from Aquinas, between the primary agency of God and secondary agency of human beings:

God's creation of all there is may be best construed as an act of infinite divine power ... But such power does not preclude either the need for or the usefulness of finite powers exercised in this world by finite agents who participate in and further the agency of infinite love. God's infinite agency and infinite power are not on the same level with nor exercised in the same way as finite power. Finite and infinite power and agency cannot be in competition with each other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Problem of Evil
Subtitle of host publicationEight Views in Dialogue
EditorsN N Trakakis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780198821625
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Good
  • Evil
  • God


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