Suffering and Soul‐Making:Rethinking John Hick’s Theodicy

  title={Suffering and Soul‐Making:Rethinking John Hick’s Theodicy},
  author={Mark Stephen Murray Scott},
  journal={The Journal of Religion},
  pages={313 - 334}
  • M. S. Scott
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Religion
John Hick transformed the shape of thinking about theodicy in contemporary philosophical theology with his conception of the world as a “vale of soul-making.” Suffering, he argues, enables our development as spiritually and morally mature persons. Without suffering we could not cultivate virtue and character. God designs the world, therefore, not to shield us from hardships, but to facilitate our progress toward perfection through our constant encounters with dangers, difficulties, and… 

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