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The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy

Philip Tallon


The problem of evil has been a major focus in philosophy of religion for the last fifty years. But the academic literature has shown a bias against including aesthetic or artistic considerations in defending God’s goodness in the face of evil. This work seeks to combat this trend by laying out a methodology for how theological aesthetics can interact with theodicy (the defense of God). This work resuscitates an older tradition of theodicy that includes artistic and aesthetic values in discussing God’s goodness in the midst of evil. Augustine’s vision of cosmic harmony provides a foundation for ... More

Keywords: problem of evil, philosophy of religion, Augustine, cosmic harmony, tragedy, horror, suffering, evil, aesthetics, theodicy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Tallon, author
Asbury Theological Seminary