January 2, 2022

John Thiel teaches at Fairfield University. His response to innocent suffering proceeds by holding together three assumptions that many claim to be incompatible: 1) the traditional understanding of God’s eternity and the absoluteness of all divine perfections, 2) the injustice of innocent suffering as a tragic fact of moral life, not to be attributed to human guilt or the need for moral development, and 3) the truth that God neither permits, nor wills, nor causes any kind of suffering or death, He explains how these assumptions can stand together, surveys the opinion of other theologians and philosophers through the ages, and answers objections.

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