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Introduction

Mark S. M. Scott

in Journey Back to God

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841141
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841141.003.0001

Series: AAR ACADEMY SER

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The introduction situates the study in its historical, theological, and philosophical context. It introduces the main themes of Origen's theodicy and highlights the primary contributions of the book. It begins with Origen's early encounters with martyrdom and suffering. It then explains how theodicy, a modern term, applies to ancient Christianity. Origen constructs a theodicy in the sense that he offers a theological explanation for the reality of evil and attempts to vindicate God from the charge of injustice. His theodicy unites the intellectual problem of evil with the spiritual problem of the soul's dislocation from God. It unfolds through the tale of the precosmic fall of the rational minds, their cosmic embodiment, and their progressive ascent back to God. The chapter anticipates the study's theoretical approach for understanding the task of theodicy and its nuanced perspective on the vexed question of Origen's orthodoxy.

Keywords: theodicy; the problem of evil; Origen; orthodoxy; theology; philosophy; spirituality; martyrdom; la nouvelle théologie

Chapter.  2988 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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