Theodicy Beyond the Death of 'God': The Persisting Problem of Evil, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Theodicy Beyond the Death of 'God'

The Persisting Problem of Evil, 1st Edition

By Andrew Shanks

Routledge

234 pages

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Description

True theodicy is partly a theoretical corrective to evangelistic impatience: discounting the distortions arising from over-eager salesmanship. And partly it is a work of poetic intensification, dedicated to faith’s necessary struggle against resentment.

This book contains a systematic survey of the classic theoretical-corrective theodicy tradition initiated, in the early Seventeenth Century, by Jakob Böhme. Two centuries later, Böhme’s lyrical thought is translated into rigorous philosophical terms by Schelling; and is, then, further, set in context by Hegel’s doctrine of providence at work in world history. The old ‘God’ of mere evangelistic impatience is, as Hegel sees things, ‘dead’. And so theodicy is liberated, to play its proper role: illustrated here with particular reference to the book of Job, the post-Holocaust poetry of Nelly Sachs, and the thought of Simone Weil.

A boldly polemical study, this book is a bid to re-ignite debate on the whole topic of theodicy. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars in religious studies, theology and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Hegel’s Riddle: truth-as-openness, a temperate theodicean ideal

2 Hegel versus Nietzsche: truth-as-openness, a (small ‘c’) catholic theodicean ideal, without manipulation

3 God / Godhead / ‘God’: truth-as-openness, a modestly patient theodicean ideal

4 Job redux: truth-as-openness, a poetically exposed theodicean ideal

Conclusion

About the Author

Andrew Shanks is Canon Emeritus of Manchester Cathedral, UK. He is widely published in the field of religion, theology and philosophy, having written more than 10 monographs including Hegel and Religious Faith (2011) and Hegel versus ‘Inter-faith Dialogue’ (2015).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI008000
PHILOSOPHY / Good & Evil
PHI022000
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy
REL067000
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
REL067070
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ethics
REL102000
RELIGION / Theology