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The Monsters and the Critics: Theodicyand Horrendous Evils

Philip Tallon

in The Poetics of Evil

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778935
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778935.003.0019
The Monsters and the Critics: Theodicyand Horrendous Evils

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Finally, this chapter looks at horrendous evils, an aesthetic theme in theodicy that has often been used as an attack on the existence of God, but has recently been used in the work of Marilyn McCord Adams as a tool for understanding how theodicy needs to be formulated to respond sufficiently to the worst evils. It examines how horror as an aesthetic motif both critiques cosmic harmony and the tragic vision, and offers a helpful additional perspective.

Keywords: McCord Adams; Adams; Adams; theodicy; horror; cosmic harmony; horrendous evils

Chapter.  13788 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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