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Philosophia Christi

Volume 13, Issue 2, 2011

God and Abstract Objects

James S. Spiegel
Pages 405-413

On Free Will and Soul Making
Complementary Approaches to the Problem of Evil

I argue that the free-will defense and soul-making theodicy have more in common than traditionally has been thought and that their differences have more to do with their divergent aims than their relative merits as responses to the problem of evil. Moreover, I show how the two approaches are logically interdependent. The free-will defense depends for its success on some soul-making concepts, and the soul-making theodicy relies upon a prior concept of human freedom in order to succeed. These facts seem to recommend that we see these two approaches as complementary rather than as competitors when addressing the problem of evil.

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