By Mark S.M. Scott
Journey again to God explores Origen of Alexandria's artistic, advanced, and debatable remedy of the matter of evil. It argues that his layered cosmology features as a theodicy that deciphers deeper that means underneath cosmic disparity. Origen asks: why does God create a global the place a few undergo greater than others? at the floor, the unfair association of the realm defies theological coherence. in an effort to protect divine justice opposed to the cost of cosmic mismanagement, Origen develops a theological cosmology that explains the ontological prestige and starting place of evil in addition to its cosmic implications. Origen's theodicy hinges at the trip of the soul again to God. Its topics correlate with the soul's production, fall and descent into materiality, sluggish purification, and eventual divinization. the realm, for Origen, features as a college and sanatorium for the soul the place it undergoes the required schooling and purgation. Origen rigorously calibrates his cosmology and theology. He portrays God as a compassionate and really apt instructor, health care professional, and father who employs anguish for our amelioration.
Journey again to God frames the systematic learn of Origen's theodicy inside of a broader conception of theodicy as navigation, which indicates the dynamic method wherein we impute desiring to soreness. It unites the logical and non secular aspects of his theodicy, and situates it in its third-century old, theological, and philosophical context, correcting the distortions that proceed to plague Origen scholarship. moreover, the research clarifies his ambiguous place on universalism in the context of his eschatology. eventually, it assesses the cogency and modern relevance of Origen's theodicy, highlighting the issues and clients of his daring, positive, and confident vision.