The Origin and Overcoming of Evil

Original Sin and God’s Suffering in Christianity
Part of the A Discourse of the World Religions book series (DOWR, volume 2)


The statements of the Christian faith that we shall discuss philosophically in the second part, will be first exposed in an articulation corresponding to our particular theme. The contents will be taken from the present day Church’s self-understanding; that is, we shall not merely take the text of Sacred Scripture according to one’s own interpretation, nor shall we take the works of individual theologians or the witnesses of faith in the rich Christian tradition. With respect to confessional differences within Christianity, I have decided to present the viewpoint of the Roman Catholic Church, to which I belong and which I know the best. This will provide us with a basis and a framework for the exposition that will follow. Because we are searching for an updated and standard comprehension of the Catholic viewpoint, we will refer to the “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”1 Here in this Catechism are gathered into a corpus of four main parts, with continual references to Sacred Scripture, the most relevant texts of the Second Vatican Council, which are an updated and synthetic formulation of Church doctrine, together with other significant Conciliar texts, plus the testimony of the tradition of the Church fathers, theologians, and spiritual writers.


Human Person Human Freedom Christian Faith Moral Evil Fellow Human 
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