That mistake might come naturally to a group of theists, who were willing to give God the responsibility for both, but it shouldn't confuse the rest of us.
Focusing on points of doubt and crisis allows us to examine our guiding assumptions by examining what challenges them at points where they break down: what threatens our sense of the sense of the world?
That focus also underlies one of this book's central claims: the problem of evil is the guiding force of modern thought.
- And this means: we fail to be struck by what, once seen, is most striking and most powerful.
The eighteenth century used the word Lisbon much as we use the word Auschwitz today. It takes no more than the name of a place to mean: the collapse of the most basic trust in the world, the grounds that make civilization possible.