Mark S. M. Scott

in Journey Back to God

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841141
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949809 | DOI:



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The conclusion evaluates the problems and prospects of Origen's theodicy. It begins by discussing four of its deficiencies. First, it does not adequately account for the origin of evil. Second, his theory of the symmetrical correspondence between precosmic sin and our cosmic station in life raises moral and conceptual difficulties. Third, his parsing of free will and providence leaves many questions unanswered. Fourth, his doctrines of pre-existence of universalism are theologically problematic. The chapter then identifies the strengths of his approach, particularly its theological methodology, the joining of the theoretical and spiritual dimension of the problem, and his optimistic theology and cosmology. It ends by recapitulating the salient themes of his theodicy and linking them to the diverse approaches that continue to resound in theodicy today.

Keywords: theodicy; spirituality; pre-existence; universalism; theology

Chapter.  2616 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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