Thus Ritschl was an extremely influential theologian, though many question how positive that influence may have been. Ritschl’s Theology Ritschl’s theology was greatly affected by the philosophers of his time. Immanuel Kant had declared that the mind was incapable of understanding anything more than what could be experienced sensorially or was beyond ordered reason and logic. Similarly, Ritschl was influenced by the Tübingen school of theology, which he came to firmly oppose. Tübingen theology was extremely skeptical about Christianity, yet also promoted mysticism.
Or is killing me God’s revenge?”(33). Hesitating, Lewis humbly states that he does not know. The problem of evil is something both men are emotionally involved in making it the most difficult question they discuss. The existence of suffering is dangerous to Lewis because he believes that there is a God and that He is good. Lewis admits that he struggles with this daily and even questions his own view of God: “If God is good, He would make his creatures perfectly happy.
There is no other commandment greater than these.” The biggest problem with the church is that we can not perfectly carry out these commands. Fortunately, God uses imperfect beings for His perfect will. The church from it’s conception constantly fails loving the Lord with all it’s heart. The Israelites were always loving other idols. We, the church, fill our hearts with other things to love above God.
Puritanism...The Ambiguous Religion The Puritan religion is no exception to the fact that life is full of contradictions. In the minds of the Puritan people they are God's "chosen" people. This belief was pulled from a scripture in the Bible. They assumed themselves as better or above the average man. After much research and trial an error there were many inconsistencies found in the puritan religion.
The problem of evil is a big topic in today’s society and will continue to be for forever. The problem is that so many bad things happen in the world that Gods existence is debatable and if he is real, it is questionable that he is as powerful as the bible portrays him to be. In this case, we ask the question, how can such a good and powerful God not prevent evil in the world? The argument at hand is that if a perfect God exists, there would be no evil in the world and since evil exists, there is no God. In this paper, I will examine both sides to the problem.
Introduction One of the oldest dilemmas in philosophy is also one of the greatest threats to Christian theology. The problem of evil simultaneously perplexes the world’s greatest minds and yet remains palpably close to the hearts of the most common people. If God is good, then why is there evil? The following essay describes the problem of evil in relation to God, examines Christian responses to the problem, and concludes the existence of God and the existence of evil are fully compatible. Body “The problem of evil is often divided between the logical and evidential problems.” At the heart of each problem is the belief that the existence of God and the existence evil are incompatible.
A Free Will to Choose Between Good and Evil Webster dictionary defines Theodicy as “Defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil” (Webster Dictionary). We ultimately cannot eliminate evil and suffering but those whom have a strong faith in God often seem to find inner peace. The bible tells us “for there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (King James Version, Ecclesiastes 7:20). All humans are, by nature, sinful and condemned and in reality no one really is good. We are far more interested in pleasing ourselves than we are in pleasing the one who made us.
Religion has taught us how God is morally perfect and omnipotent (Tooley). That belief has existed for so long that now it is practically hardwired into our brain. It is because of that belief that we are unable to understand how God being morally perfect can allow so many catastrophes around the world to happen all the time. Those questions raised in relation to God are described as issues with theodicy (Cunningham, and Kelsay 102). In a literal definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, theodicy i... ... middle of paper ... ... Prevention.
Contradictions In The Puritan Religion Life is full of many contradictions, and the basis of the Puritan religion is no exception. The Puritans believed that they were God's chosen people, as mentioned in the Bible. They saw themselves on a level above the average man, but in reality, their religion was full of inconsistencies. The Puritans believed in something known as the ‘Doctrine of Elect,' hinted at in Romans 8:28-30, 9:6-24, and later at the Synod of Dort.. The doctrine contradicted the more widely held belief of Pelagianism, the belief that man could redeem himself through acts of charity, piety, and by living an unselfish life.