The Great Story Theodicy

  • Joshua Rasmussen


Rasmussen develops a story theodicy, which serves as a tool for investigating the problems of evil. To illustrate the tool, Rasmussen describes scenes of what he calls “the Great Story.” In the Great Story, all events flow along lines of purpose and goodness. In one scene, Rasmussen points to the value of including kingly creatures, who add suspense, and who have some freedom from the foundational character. Here, Rasmussen seeks to show how this scene fits with Leon’s analysis of the free will defense. Rasmussen then turns to Leon’s cumulative case from evil, which brings to light some of the most perplexing of the events. Rasmussen suggests why even such events could actually make the most sense in light of a great, unfolding story.


Story theodicy Free will defense Kingly creatures Theodicy Soul-making 


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  • Joshua Rasmussen
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  1. 1.Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA

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