A world more full of weeping than [we] can understand.” David O’Connor quotes this line from Yeats in the first sentence of his book on God and the problem of evil. His conclusion at the end of the book is that a world with both God and evil cannot be understood. One of the terms has to go, and it is God.
The book’s subtitle is crucial for understanding the author’s task. O’Connor, who teaches philosophy at Seton Hall University, makes this clear. “Our examination here is of philosophical questions only. Purely religious questions will receive no further discussion.”