Chapter

God's Right

Richard Swinburne

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237983
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237987.003.0012
 God's Right

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God has the right to allow humans to suffer if this suffering is logically necessary to achieve a great good so long as he compensates them for that suffering. The great good of being of use by suffering in this way provides at least partial compensation. But if there are humans whose life on earth is on balance bad, God must compensate them in a life after death.

Keywords: afterlife; compensation; God; rights; suffering

Chapter.  6039 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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