God, Evil and Possibility | Lecture 6 of 6

The problem of evil—why is there evil in a world proceeded from Absolute Goodness and ruled by Sovereign Benevolence?—has been the perennial torment of the human mind. Many thinkers have designed “solutions” (theodicies) in which the notion of the possible plays a key role. While common sense readily admits that evil must have been originally “possible” if it arose it the midst of creation, the simplicity of such reasoning is not without its problems. The notion of “possible” is fraught with ambiguities and may be misleading when used uncritically. Concentrating on the “possibility of evil “in the beginning,” and briefly considering the “possibility” of redemption, these lectures in revealed theology will demarcate what deserves to be labelled “evil” and to determine how one should conceive of “possibility.”

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