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Past Theodicy analyzes the emerging tide of objections to motives and justifications for why God allows evil and affliction on the planet. in accordance with the Holocaust, impressive parallels have emerged among significant Jewish and Christian thinkers centering on functional religion methods that supply which means inside discomfort. writer Sarah okay. Pinnock makes a speciality of Jewish thinkers Martin Buber and Ernst Bloch and Christian thinkers Gabriel Marcel and Johann Baptist Metz to provide diversified rejections of theodicy, one existential, represented by way of Buber and Marcel, and one political, represented through Bloch and Metz. Pinnock interweaves the disciplines of philosophy of faith, post-Holocaust suggestion, and liberation theology to formulate a dynamic imaginative and prescient of spiritual desire and resistance.

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Hope does not fix itself on a certain outcome of events, whether negative or positive (EBHD 143). Therefore, it falls into neither the extreme of despair and pessimism, nor of optimism, which both rest on conviction about the future that is beyond human knowledge. Hope is not based on calculated probabilities of success or failure, which would make it an attitude of “having” or objective prediction. Rather, hope affirms that 34 BEYOND THEODICY destructive patterns in history are not determinative for the future.

Nor should Job’s protest cease on the basis of his friends’ assurance that God will compensate him for his goodness later in his lifetime. According to Kant, Job’s frankness makes him the perfect model of an individual with authentic faith in God. 49 Honesty indicates recognition of the limitations of knowledge in the face of divine mystery; sincerity involves admitting that the situation of unjust suffering is deeply scandalous to moral consciousness. These practical postures are accompanied by lament for suffering and protest against the world’s injustice.

The philosopher who dares to propose a theodicy purports to have a God’s-eye view of the world, a standpoint from which the beginning and end of history and the purposes of God are visible. Theodicy takes a problem-solving approach toward the topic of evil. Leibniz argues that evil in the universe contributes to achieving maximum plenitude and variety of beings with differing degrees of perfection. Hegel justifies evil historically, rather than ontologically, arguing that evil provides the necessary “negative” elements driving the dialectic of history forward to its perfect fulfillment.

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