The Resource Journey back to God : Origen on the problem of evil, Mark S.M. Scott, (electronic resource)

Journey back to God : Origen on the problem of evil, Mark S.M. Scott, (electronic resource)

Label
Journey back to God : Origen on the problem of evil
Title
Journey back to God
Title remainder
Origen on the problem of evil
Statement of responsibility
Mark S.M. Scott
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Journey Back to God explores Origen of Alexandria's creative, complex, and controversial treatment of the problem of evil. It argues that his layered cosmology functions as a theodicy that deciphers deeper meaning beneath cosmic disparity. Origen asks: why does God create a world where some suffer more than others? On the surface, the unfair arrangement of the world defies theological coherence. In order to defend divine justice against the charge of cosmic mismanagement, Origen develops a theological cosmology that explains the ontological status and origin of evil as well as its cosmic implications. Origen's theodicy hinges on the journey of the soul back to God. Its themes correlate with the soul's creation, fall and descent into materiality, gradual purification, and eventual divinization. The world, for Origen, functions as a school and hospital for the soul where it undergoes the necessary education and purgation. Origen carefully calibrates his cosmology and theology. He portrays God as a compassionate and judicious teacher, physician, and father who employs suffering for our amelioration.Journey Back to God frames the systematic study of Origen's theodicy within a broader theory of theodicy as navigation, which signifies the dynamic process whereby we impute meaning to suffering. It unites the logical and spiritual facets of his theodicy, and situates it in its third-century historical, theological, and philosophical context, correcting the distortions that continue to plague Origen scholarship. Furthermore, the study clarifies his ambiguous position on universalism within the context of his eschatology. Finally, it assesses the cogency and contemporary relevance of Origen's theodicy, highlighting the problems and prospects of his bold, constructive, and optimistic vision
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Cataloging source
NCLN
Dewey number
231/.8
Index
index present
LC call number
BT160
LC item number
.S4 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
American Academy of Religion academy series
Label
Journey back to God : Origen on the problem of evil, Mark S.M. Scott, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Color
multicolored
Contents
Theodicy as navigation : toward a theoretical paradigm -- Framing questions : God and evil in paradox -- Paradise lost : pre-existence, the Fall, and the origin of evil -- The physician of souls : suffering as remedial punishment -- Theology of ascent : the journey of the soul to perfection -- Journey's end : the triumph of good and universal salvation
Control code
000050261718
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 228 p.)
File format
unknown
Isbn
9780199841158
Level of compression
unknown
Other control number
9786613722980
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372298
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not applicable
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.b27875039
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)752910427
  • oso0199841144

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