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Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Eleonore Stump


Can one hold consistently both that there is suffering in the world and that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that one can. The opening section presents current research related to autism spectrum disorder to contend that some philosophical problems, including the problem of evil, are best considered with the help of narratives. Then the book investigates the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical medieval theodicy — that of Thomas Aquinas — is embedded. It also makes use of recent work in developmental psychology to illuminate these ... More

Keywords: problem of evil, suffering, Thomas Aquinas, philosophy and narrative, autism, developmental psychology, Job, Abraham and Isaac, theodicy, defence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eleonore Stump, author
Saint Louis University
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