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1. The problem of theodicy. It is not necessary to recall, much less demonstrate, that the world is stamped by misery and suffering, by evil in all its forms. There is no need therefore to “show the interest” of the question. It is an importunate one, today as ever at its most tormenting in the suffering of the innocent, especially what has been called the “absolute evil” of the suffering of children who are exposed to it not only inculpably but without even the possible defence of fleeing it. And t…

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Walter Kern and Jörg Splett, “Theodicy”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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