Leibniz on God and Suffering

Adriaan T. Peperzak

in The Quest for Meaning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222773
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235810 | DOI:
Leibniz on God and Suffering

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This chapter examines philosopher Gottfried Leibniz's beliefs about on God and suffering. In 1710 Leibniz presented his conception of the relation between God and evil in this Theodicy. This work did not present a systematic treatise on positive theology but rather a series of polemical arguments which constitutes a plea for the goodness of God. Leibniz explored the meaning of evil from the perspective of creation and he claimed that the existing universe was created and maintained in existence by an all-powerful God who is infinitely good and wise.

Keywords: Gottfried Leibniz; God; suffering; evil; positive theology; religious philosophy

Chapter.  10454 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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