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Johan B. Hygen’s Theodicy

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Can one rationally believe that there exists a good and omnipotent God when there is so many and horrific evils in the world? In this book the author argues that the answer is yes, by means of discussing four suggested solutions (also known as theodicies) to the problem. First the book draws a large picture of the problem field and various approaches to it, before it zooms in on a precise presentation of how the problem is understood and discussed. Within Christian theology, it is common to believe that God exists, and that he is perfectly good and omnipotent. There are many different theoretical questions connected to evil and the book focuses on this theoretical problem.

Keywords:Christian theology; horrific evils


The criterion to be presented in this chapter is coherence. In this book Lorenz B. Puntel convincingly shows how sentences have different meanings dependent on their theoretical framework, and that sentences often become ambiguous if it is unclear what kind of ontology they presuppose. The most important function is to present the criterion of coherence. This criterion is non-negotiable in this book, and that means that coherence is the stable criterion against which all else is measured here. The author also present Puntel's ontology, including his understanding of truth, language, world, and other aspects of his thoughts that have methodological relevance for this book. The book focuses on the coherence and the three aspects of coherence. In the book, Nicholas Rescher defined truth as correspondence with reality, but used coherence as a criterion for truth.

Keywords:coherence; Nicholas Rescher; Puntel's ontology




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