Evil and Omnipotence

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John Hick, a proponent of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s theodicy defense, answered: “in order that human beings, as free responsible agents, may use this world as a place of “soul making,” which involves the spiritual perfection of our character and persons” (Pojman 74). According to Hick, creation has not been finished its work, it is still undergoing a process, that is, the lives of individual human beings. Hick believed that God is omnibenevolent because he is allowing us to learn how to be perfect on our own.
By perfect we mean, “In the image, but not the likeness, of God” (Pojman 74). Hick believed that we are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world so that we cannot try to become like God. In other words, God is giving us this gift. The problem with gift arises when we assume that human beings are always right, or infallible. In John Hick’s Philosophy of Religion, he stated, “No one could ever injure anyone else” (Pojman 74). Hick held the strong view that if humans had the quality of perfection, then this world would not be “the best of all possible worlds” for all our moral concepts and emotional attachments would be non-existent (Pojman 74).
In other words, “soul making” is what makes life what it is. Without the need of morality, and ethical attachments would we still be human or just a bunch of operating robots who always do the correct…

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