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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references pages and index. Summary The problem of evil perennially vexes theology, but many theologians have abandoned the project of theodicy, or the theological explanation of evil, as either fruitless or hopeless. Academic studies on theodicy, moreover, typically succumb to theological deficiency and abstraction, often devoid of any concrete connection to Christian life and practice.

In Pathways in Theodicy, designed for students and scholars alike, Mark S.

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Scott reinvigorates stalled debates in philosophy and theology through a detailed reassessment of the problem of evil and the task of theodicy and through a careful analysis of the major models and motifs in theodicy. Scott explores the strengths and weaknesses of classic and contemporary perspectives on the problem of evil and invites readers to assess the cogency and relevance of each on their own. Rather than promoting a single perspective, Pathways in Theodicy explores the plurality of options available to treat the problem of evil and the provisional and tentative nature of theodicy, which searches not for final, definitive solutions but for viable ways to move the conversation forward.

Subject Good and evil. Bibliographic information.


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Browse related items Start at call number: BT Origen asks: why does God create a world where some suffer more than others? On the surface, the unfair arrangement of the world defies theological coherence. In order to defend divine justice against the charge of cosmic mismanagement, Origen develops a theological cosmology that explains the ontological status and origin of evil as well as its cosmic implications. The world, for Origen, functions as a school and hospital for the soul where it undergoes the necessary education and purgation.

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Origen carefully calibrates his cosmology and theology. He portrays God as a compassionate and judicious teacher, physician, and father who employs suffering for our amelioration. It unites the logical and spiritual facets of his theodicy, and situates it in its third century historical, theological, and philosophical context, correcting the distortions that continue to plague Origen scholarship.

Furthermore, the study clarifies his ambiguous position on universalism within the context of his eschatology. Login Contact.