The theory of a finite God and emergent evolution as a solution to the problem of evil
Warner, Rose M.
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Evil is a phenomenon not easily accounted for. It has been variously ignored, denied, rationalized, and perenially endured. It presents particular difficulties for the different religions. Any theological concept of man, the universe and God must make a satisfactory consideration of this phenomenon. But how are God and evil to be reconceled Within the context of Christianity several explanations have developed. Some modification or combination of these views has been accepted by most orthodox Christians. Among the most common of these explanations are: (1) evil is unreal. The Christian Scientists, along with some Hindus, adhere to this view that evil is an illusion, a temporary mistaking. (2) Evil is inc0111plete good. ..l judgment that a thing is bad results from a partial view of the thing. Or it is a simple lack of perfection, not a real thing in itself, but a lack of something. (3) Evil is necessary as a contrast to good. We would not know or appreciate the good if we had not the evil. Life would be frightfully dull with no contrast to add interest. (4) Evil is sometimes explained as being necessary for punishment or discipline. Men deserve the evil they suffer because of some wrong they are guilty ~f. Or, 'evil is necessary to challenge, reformo r test a person. Hum.cin nature at its best emerges by being urged on by obstacles. (5) Probably the most common view is the one that evil is the result of human freedom. If man is to have any free will, and he must have freedom to be a moral being, there must be both good and evil for him to choose between. Otherwise man would be simply mechanical, and his existence becomes meaningless, lacking purpose. [TRUNCATED]
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