Ivan uses the suffering of innocent children as his principal grounds for the world

Ivan uses the suffering of innocent children as his principal grounds for the world

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Ivan uses the suffering of innocent children as his principal grounds for the world's unacceptability.  The idea of the suffering innocent has plagued philosophers since time's beginning; it is the subject  of such great works as the Book of Job. But Ivan does not concern himself with the sufferings of  adults. For them, a philosophical justification is possible: the adult has sinned, and his suffering is a  punishment for his sins. Children, however, have not yet sinned, and therefore Ivan cannot  understand a world created by God that justifies their suffering. And regardless of whether one  agrees or disagrees with Ivan, one must recognize the logic at work in this system of thinking. Life,  for Ivan, must be rational — it must especially be rational if one is to appreciate God's wonder and  love Him as one should. So well has Ivan considered his philosophy that he is even amused by the term "bestial cruelty," for 
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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