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Against “Irenaean” Theodicy


A Refutation of John Hick's Use of Irenaeus


This book serves to correct the now accepted understanding of Irenaeus’s theodicy. This assumption of Hick’s theodicy as legitimately “Irenaean” remains due the gulf between Irenaean scholarship and discussion of the problem of evil. The present work offers a bridge between the two to allow for the continued discussion of both theologian’s distinct views.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4071-4
Publication Status: Forthcoming

Publication Date: Oct 9,2019
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 213
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4071-4
$146.00
$116.80

This book serves to correct the now accepted understanding of Irenaeus’s theodicy. This assumption of Hick’s theodicy as legitimately “Irenaean” remains due the gulf between Irenaean scholarship and discussion of the problem of evil. The present work offers a bridge between the two to allow for the continued discussion of both theologian’s distinct views.

 

This book serves to correct the now accepted understanding of Irenaeus’s theodicy. This assumption of Hick’s theodicy as legitimately “Irenaean” remains due the gulf between Irenaean scholarship and discussion of the problem of evil. The present work offers a bridge between the two to allow for the continued discussion of both theologian’s distinct views.

 

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David Hionides

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
Abbreviations (ix)
Preface (xiii)
Introduction (1)
Chapter One. Hick’s Use of Irenaeus (23)
   Introduction (23)
   Hick (24)
   “Augustinian” Theodicy (34)
   “Irenaean” Theodicy (37)
   Hick’s Irenaeus (37)
   Hick’s “Irenaean” Theodicy (40)
   Creation and Progression (41)
   Death (43)
   Universalism (45)
   Conclusion (46)
Chapter Two. Background and Sources for Irenaeus on the Problem of Evil (49)
   Introduction (49)
   The Problem of Evil in Pagan Thought (50)
   The Problem of Evil in Early Christian Thought (54)
   Before Irenaeus (55)
   After Irenaeus (66)
   Conclusion (77)
Chapter Three. Irenaeus and Theodicy (79)
   Introduction (79)
   Irenaeus (80)
   Irenaeus as Interpreter of Scripture (85)
   Diversity within Unity (90)
   Non-Speculative beyond Scripture (98)
   The Thought of Irenaeus’s Opponents on the Problem of Evil (99)
   Valentinians (104)
   Gnostics (106)
   Marcion (108)
   Other Opponents (109)
   Conclusion (109)
   Irenaeus on the Problem of Evil (109)
   Irenaeus on Creation (110)
   Irenaeus on Humanity’s Progression in the One Plan or Economy of God (114)
   Irenaeus on The Origin of Evil (116)
   Irenaeus on Human Transgression (119)
   Irenaeus on Death (121)
   Irenaeus’s Free-Will Defense (123)
   Conclusion (125)
Chapter Four. The Divergence of Hick’s Interpretation (127)
   Introduction (127)
   Three Key Differences in Hick’s Reading (127)
   Creation as Including Divinely Created Evil (128)
   An Excusable Disobedience, Not a Devastating Tragedy (132)
   Two Stages with One Method of Humanity’s Progression (135)
   Hick’s False Dichotomy (139)
   Conclusion (145)
Chapter Five. Conclusion (147)
Bibliography (157)
Index (193)