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Theodicy: Essays On the Goodness of God the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil By Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
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Théodicée, is a book of philosophy by the German polymath Gottfried Leibniz. The book, published in 1710, introduced the term theodicy, and its optimistic approach to the problem of... More > evil is thought to have inspired Candide (albeit satirically). Much of the work consists of a response to the ideas of Pierre Bayle, with whom Leibniz carried on a debate for many years.< Less
Life Is Mortal By Roman Dawes
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If a good and all-powerful God exists, why does he allow innocents to suffer and die? Because our existence makes sense only if we’re mortal. It’s impossible to come up with... More > reasons why God allows instances or kinds of suffering, if there are reasons. I approach theodicy by explaining instead why innocents must live as mortals – or as creatures vulnerable to suffering and death. That question is answerable: our mortality motivates the social structure that is essential to our existence. In this essay, I show why divine intervention to prevent suffering or death would yank the thread of caregiving and interdependence that stitches human existence together. Survival and mortal dependence are demanding and self-sacrificial. They are also the basis for culture and civilization. Were God to render those endeavors unnecessary by keeping us healthy and safe, we would live differently – but not better. The need to be mindful of life is central to being human.< Less
Life Is Mortal By Roman Dawes
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If a good and all-powerful God exists, why does he allow innocents to suffer and die? Because our existence makes sense only if we’re mortal. It’s impossible to come up with... More > reasons why God allows instances or kinds of suffering, if there are reasons. I approach theodicy by explaining instead why innocents must live as mortals – or as creatures vulnerable to suffering and death. That question is answerable: our mortality motivates the social structure that is essential to our existence. In this essay, I show why divine intervention to prevent suffering or death would yank the thread of caregiving and interdependence that stitches human existence together. Survival and mortal dependence are demanding and self-sacrificial. They are also the basis for culture and civilization. Were God to render those endeavors unnecessary by keeping us healthy and safe, we would live differently – but not better. The need to be mindful of life is central to being human.< Less
God and Suffering By Matthew Edwards
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A collection of writings on the nature and role of suffering from a Christian perspective
The Complaint of Jacob By R.P. Nettelhorst
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If God loves me, then why is everything going wrong? What key do we need to unlock the blessings of God? A low point in Jacob’s life offers a clue. Beside himself with grief, he exclaims... More > “Everything is against me!” (Genesis 42:36) Less true words have rarely been spoken. Many argue that success in life can be gained by a formula, a prayer, rooting out hidden sin, or following a list of good things to do. Jacob’s complaint argues for a radically different solution.< Less
The Complaint of Jacob By R.P. Nettelhorst
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If God loves me, then why is everything going wrong? What key do we need to unlock the blessings of God? A low point in Jacob’s life offers a clue. Beside himself with grief, he exclaims... More > “Everything is against me!” (Genesis 42:36) Less true words have rarely been spoken. Many argue that success in life can be gained by a formula, a prayer, rooting out hidden sin, or following a list of good things to do. Jacob’s complaint argues for a radically different solution.< Less
Night Thoughts By Edward Young
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Why do bad things happen to good people? How do we handle suffering? How do we make sense of life when our loved ones die? In 1745 Edward Young published a poem of 10,000 lines in blank verse... More > whose popularity would rival Pilgrim’s Progress and Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Night Thoughts, Young faces the loss of his wife and closest friends, pondering the hard questions over a series of nine dark nights. Largely unavailable for nearly a hundred years, discover the timeless beauty and ancient truths contained in this matchless poem.< Less
Night Thoughts By Edward Young
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Why do bad things happen to good people? How do we handle suffering? How do we make sense of life when our loved ones die? In 1745 Edward Young published a poem of 10,000 lines in blank verse... More > whose popularity would rival Pilgrim’s Progress and Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Night Thoughts, Young faces the loss of his wife and closest friends, pondering the hard questions over a series of nine dark nights. Largely unavailable for nearly a hundred years, discover the timeless beauty and ancient truths contained in this matchless poem.< Less
Is God Evil? By Adam Weishaupt
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It's the ultimate question. Is the God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims evil? Is he at the core of the malignancy in the human condition? Does his malevolent will touch every corner of the earth,... More > spreading discord, division, conflict and hate? Three thousand years of the history of the "People of the Book" provide a tale of unparalleled savagery and intolerance, all in the name of an alleged God of justice, forgiveness, love, peace, mercy and compassion. The ancient secret society known as the Illuminati are advocates of the Gnostic religion that defines the Biblical Creator as none other than Satan. The serpent, a symbol of wisdom, tried to enlighten the human race via the fabled Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eve, but humanity chose faith over knowledge and thus became the pawns of the Prince of Darkness, the Lord of the Flies. Is earth actually hell?< Less
God: His Existence and His Nature; Vol. 1 [Softcover] By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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In a book entitled, Le Sens Commun et la Philosophie de l’être, we have shown that common sense or natural reason is a rudimentary philosophy of being, opposed to the philosophy of pure... More > phenomenon and to that of becoming; that being and the principles implied in it constitute the formal, primary and adequate object of common sense. Here we again take up the study of these first principles, not so much as they are concerned with the functioning of the faculty of common sense, but with reference to the classical proofs for God’s existence. We have set ourselves the task of demonstrating the necessity of these principles, their dependence upon the first principle, and their ontological and transcendent validity. It will seen that the proofs for God’s existence rest ultimately upon the principle of identity or of non-contradiction, their proximate basis being the principle of sufficient reason, and their immediate basis the principle of causality. . . .< Less