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Reclaiming Privation Theory For The Contemporary World, William Joshua Shrader-Perry May 2018

Reclaiming Privation Theory For The Contemporary World, William Joshua Shrader-Perry

LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations

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The Christian Conscience: Where Our Freedom And The Truth Intersect, Shannon Voelker Apr 2018

The Christian Conscience: Where Our Freedom And The Truth Intersect, Shannon Voelker

School of Divinity Master’s Theses and Projects

The aim of this paper is to root the meaning of conscience within Thomistic tradition, along the way establishing the claim that subjective human freedom is founded upon objective truth. Following a brief historical analysis of the term conscience, we examine three commonly experienced manifestations of conscience: inner voice, practical judgment, and the lifelong process of virtue. Further on, these manifestations are rooted in Thomistic tradition, demonstrating their compatibility with Catholic Church teachings. We also discuss our responsibility to both follow and form our consciences and the relationship between our freedom and the laws which direct us to our personal ...


Thomas Merton : Evil, Suffering, Zen And The Purified Soul Theodicy., David Edward Orberson May 2017

Thomas Merton : Evil, Suffering, Zen And The Purified Soul Theodicy., David Edward Orberson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Thomas Merton was one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century. Hundreds of scholarly books and articles have been written about various facets of his life and work. However, one area of personal interest that has not been adequately addressed in Merton’s work is the theodicy question. Merton never wrote a book or even an article dedicated to the problem of evil. In this project, I examine Thomas Merton’s work to determine if he espoused any kind of theodicy. More specifically, I review Merton’s entire canon, i.e., books, journals, correspondence, articles and talks ...


Leibniz's Theodicies, Joseph Michael Anderson Apr 2014

Leibniz's Theodicies, Joseph Michael Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Evil poses a particular problem to early modern thinkers. Late scholasticism, while itself variegated, provided a number of resources for dispelling concerns about the justice of God raised by the existence of evil. With much of the metaphysics of the scholastics rejected, the new philosophers needed either to find inventive ways to make the old solutions fit into their new systems, to come up with new resources for dispelling the difficulties, or to accept the difficulties as insurmountable, likely via fideism or atheism. Leibniz, I claim, provides a provocative mixture of the first two approaches.

Many readers think Leibniz's ...


The Problem Of Using Evil Against The Possible Existence Of God, Juan Rafael Torres Jan 2014

The Problem Of Using Evil Against The Possible Existence Of God, Juan Rafael Torres

Open Access Theses & Dissertations

This thesis has two modules, which entail two different approaches about the problem of evil. In module one, which consists of chapters one and two, I consider the difficulties of defining `evil' and the case against the `logical problem of evil' respectively. Module two is a phenomenological and skeptical approach to the problem of evil. Specifically, it is a response to those that do not agree with Plantinga's arguments and it is a critique of the traditional paradigms about God, evil and ethics. For instance, I reject the so called category of "natural evils" and I categorize `evil' as ...


An Analysis Of Gospel Elements In Selected Major Works Of Charles Dickens, Steven Smith May 1990

An Analysis Of Gospel Elements In Selected Major Works Of Charles Dickens, Steven Smith

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

It is my thesis that Dickens' use of "Gospel elements" in the works studied is both intentional and fundamental to the themes and structures of the novels. The Gospel elements present are no afterthought or coincidence but significant in Dickens' intent and meaning.


Concept Of Sin New Testament, August Waechter Dec 1944

Concept Of Sin New Testament, August Waechter

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

The proper concept of sin is basic in true religion; for only where there is an adequate concept of sin can there be a correct evaluation of the necessity of the deliverance from sin and the boon of salvation from sin and its consequences. This is very evident from the fact that even where there is a knowledge of the facts of Redemption from sin, the Gospel of Salvation is often emasculated, and the savior from sin is represented only as a Teacher of morals, an Example, a Martyr to His principles.


Ideas Of Salvation Amoung The Chinese, Herbert Meyer May 1941

Ideas Of Salvation Amoung The Chinese, Herbert Meyer

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

We cannot in the scope of this paper present the peculiar characteristics of each sect or of all the various writings on the subject of salvation. We will content ourselves with studying the chief divergent ideas on salvation as we find these emphasized in certain sects or scriptures.