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Testimonials Regarding Dr. Whitney's Work in "Theodicy" (God and Suffering) and Related Areas

•"Whitney is fast becoming the world's authority in the problem of evil" (David Griffin, Theologian)

• "[In his Theodicy: an Annotated Bibliography on the Problem of Evil] Whitney has developed a unique philosophical tool, with an expert in the area amassing and commenting on all of the important literature in the field" (George Schlesinger, Philosopher)

• "Whitney's work [on theodicy] is "extraordinarily useful." .... and besides his own original and constructive views, he "gives a clear and accurate picture of the current state of discussion of this vital topic" (John Hick, Theologian)

•"[In his Theodicy: An Annotated Bibliography on the Problem of Evil] Whitney's monumental collection of sources, and his detailed annotations on the most important material, represents a major contribution to the debate on God and evil at the end of this century. To amass this quantity of material is the field is a staggering achievement: the book represents an important research tool in its own right simply by the comprehensiveness of the references it contains" (anonymous assessment)

•"Many of us would pay dearly for a few day's access to ... the library that Whitney has amsased" (on theodicy)

•"The selection of the seven major topic areas and the five major appendices is intelligent and accurate to the field as a whole. The annotations are also consistently fair and informative--a difficult task in a tendentious topic such as this one....This is indeed 'an essential research tool for scholars and students working in the field,' and should remain so for 'many years to come.'" (anonymous assessment)

•"[Dr. Whitney] is to be commended for his tremendous service to philosophers working in the field. The work has richly repaid the time I have spent studying it..." (anonymous assessment)

• "The hours that I have spent following lines of thought through [Dr Whitney's...Theodicy book] have been philosophically fruitful and suggestive of several lines of thought that would repay writing up and publishing, and I have received similar reactions from the other philosophers of religion with whom I have spoken about this (Theodicy) book." (anonymous assessment)

•"The work is original in the sense that [Dr. Whitney] is not just part of a school. He has his own plausible position from which to critique others... (anonymous assessment)

•"[Dr. Whitney] stands in a rather unique position .... No other person today is any more abreast of the current literature [on theodicy, God and evil] and I believe his understanding of the various theodicies now available to us is as good as anyone's." (anonymous assessment)

•Dr. Whitney's work on theodicy "is of value not only for academicians but for humanity as a whole ... as the 'problem of evil' is by far the most important and practical issue in the philosophy of religion.... More importantly, though, theoretical theistic perspectives on evil continue to dictate the manner in which many (if not the majority of the) people in our world actually respond to the pain and suffering we encounter... " (anonymous assessment)

•"[Dr. Whitney's] annotations and series of introductions reflect years of work by a leading figure in the field. They also offer a mix of academic impartiality and personal commitment: variant viewpoints are described fairly and allowed to stand alongside one another ("I seek only reasoned arguments") ... Academics [and others] will be well served by this book ... (Michel Desjardins, Theologian)

•"Dr. Whitney has proved himself to be an author of substance whose publications ... have made a significant contribution in two areas still somewhat neglected in the Canadian academic scene: process thinking and theodicy..." (anonymous assessment)

"It is obvious that [Dr. Whitney's] research and publication activity has not hampered his teaching and administrative duties; he is to be commended for accomplishing what remains more of an ideal in most departments. [Also], His contribution to the Learned Societies is much appreciated" (anonymous assessment)

*Note: Many of these comments were "anonymous assessments" written confidentially by academic experts in the fields of philosophy and theology in support of research grant applications by Dr Whitney between 1994 and 1997, and in response to the publication of the 1993 (first) edition of THEODICY by Dr. Whitney.