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Perfect Will Theology And The Problem Of Evil

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The Problem of evil is a major challenge for any kind of theology, but especially poses problems for a theology that centers on the perfect and effective will of God. Naturally, the Reformed rejected the charge that God is the author of sin, but is their explanation satisfying? As we will see, their arguments focus on moral evil, or the wrong willing of human beings. This was also given by their assessment of natural evil as either a result of moral evil in the form of divine punishment or as an expression of the finitude of the present life and its character as a preparation of the life to come. So, our existential problems with suffering were for the most part not their problems. Therefore, our main interest will also be moral evil. Moreover, the problem of evil is taken here in a very limited sense.

Keywords: Problem of evil; theology



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