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Striving for Excellence in a World without Moral Evil

Introduction

Lately I have been writing about the argument from evil against the existence God. This argument is meant to show that God’s existence is unlikely given the fact that we suffer at the hands of nature and our fellow creatures.

One reply to the problem of evil is to argue that acquaintance with suffering is necessary for Continue reading Striving for Excellence in a World without Moral Evil

Is Soul-Making Contrary To Justification By Faith?

In my last post, we considered two standard objections to the soul-making response to the problem of evil.

According to the first objection, God would prefer that I shape my character within the confines of a virtual reality machine since doing so would nullify any potential harm to real people. This objection failed because Continue reading Is Soul-Making Contrary To Justification By Faith?

2 Objections to the Soul-Making Theodicy

In a previous post, I outlined four components of the soul-making response to the problem of evil. This response argues that moral and natural suffering are allowed by God so that humans can play an intentional role in developing the good character which God will fully endow them with in heaven. In the afterlife, those humans who have intentionally shaped their characters in the direction of goodness, and who have confirmed their intention in the face of suffering and temptation to the contrary, will be endowed by God with Continue reading 2 Objections to the Soul-Making Theodicy

4 Compenents of the Soul-Making Theodicy

A theodicy is an attempt to justify the ways of God to human beings. It tries to explain why evil exists in a world created by God by arguing that these evils are somehow needed to secure outweighing goods or avert greater harms. One such theodicy says that a world containing evil and suffering is needed for human beings to develop Continue reading 4 Compenents of the Soul-Making Theodicy