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An Edwardsian Theodicy

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This chapter develops a brief theodicy out of the late protestant scholastic Jonathan Edwards, especially his posthumous work Concerning the End for which God Created the World (1765). This treatise is divided into a metaphysical and a Scriptural part. In the interest of natural theology, the author only uses the first part, wherein is considered what reason teaches concerning the divine end in the creation of the world. Divine moral perfection will of course be understood in terms of one or another theory of the nature of morality. This argument from evil arises from the assumption of consequentialism.

Keywords: consequentialism; divine moral perfection; dogmatic theology; Edwardsian theodicy; natural theology; nature of morality; scholasticism



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