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Res Philosophica

Volume 90, Issue 1, January 2013

Philosophy of Religion

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Pages 33-48
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.2013.90.1.3

C. S. Lewis on the Problem of Suffering

C. S. Lewis’s small book, The Problem of Pain, first published in 1940, is essentially a theodicy, specifically, a version of soul-making theodicy. In this essay I present Lewis’s theodicy and I offer some critical comments. I conclude by asking whether his theodicy remains intact and helpful upon the death of Lewis wife, as he reflects on that in A Grief Observed. I conclude that it does.

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