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Journey Back to God: Origen on the Problem of Evil

Mark S.M. Scott


This book explores Origen of Alexandria's creative, complex, and controversial treatment of the problem of evil. It argues that his layered cosmology functions as a theodicy that discerns deeper meaning beneath the apparent injustices of the world. Origen asks: why does God permit cosmic disparity, that is, why do some suffer more than others? On the surface, the unfair arrangement of the world defies theological coherence. To defend God against the charge of injustice, Origen develops a theological cosmology that explains the ontological status and origin of evil, as well as its cosmic implic ... More

Keywords: Origen, theodicy, the problem of evil, theology, spirituality, philosophy, cosmology, universalism, divinization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S.M. Scott, author
University of Missouri