John Hick

(1922 - 2012)

Philosopher of Religion and Theologian.

One of Hick’s major contributions is in the area of Theodicy where he departs from the traditional Augustinian reading of Genesis in favor of the Irenaean interpretation. He denies that Man was initially created perfectly, but rather with the capacity of achieving “goodness”.

Evil, on this view, is not an artifact of the original sin of Man, but rather represents the natural and moral conditions necessary for what he calls Soul Making. As we struggle against natural and moral evil we develop greater empathy with others and thereby grow into the “likeness” of God.

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