Mod4Session11- Karma and Evil

Mod4Session11- - sufferings and sins of the human race throughout history But once again is universalism a great enough good to justify the amount

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Module IV Session 11 Karma & Evil Read Stewart: 193-199
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After reading the assignment for this session, Hick recognized that despite the fact that humans are moving towards God in the person- making process from self-centeredness to Reality (God)-centeredness, it is evident that this is only completed in a few on earth—i.e., Mother Theresa or Mahatma Gandhi. Thus, the Iranaean theodicy presupposes that there must be a continuation of life after death whereby this process can be completed, and ultimately this will be completed in all. As Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.” According to Hick, only universalism (that is, the salvation of the entire human race) can justify the
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Unformatted text preview: sufferings and sins of the human race throughout history. But once again, is universalism a great enough good to justify the amount of evil, the amount of sin and sufferings, of the human race throughout history? • This at least opens the door to karma as one “fair” way to explain the suffering of some and the relative well being of others, and so the cycle of rebirths (reincarnation) paves the path to perfecting one’s self. • While these views are prevalent in Far East (Indian) religions, Hinduism and forms of Buddhism, we find it also among some Jewish mystics, e.g., in Kabbalah, and in the teachings of Christian anthroposophy. The mainstream monotheisms do not subscribe to the possibility of multiple lives (see Stewart, p. 199, question 5....
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2010 for the course PHIL 206 taught by Professor Draper during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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