God's Suffering Love Theodicy: A Response to Rowe's Argument from Particular Horrors

Alex Pustelynk (Colgate University)

ABSTRACT: In this paper, I present a theodicy in response to Rowe’s Argument from Particular Horrors that relies on God’s ability to empathize with His creation through love and suff ering. First, I examine what makes Rowe’s Argument from Particular Horrors such a compelling argument on the problem of evil. Second, I argue that the existence of particular horrors is necessary for God to have a genuinely loving relationship with His creation. Third, I explain how a su ffering God is consistent with traditional theistic beliefs. I conclude that God’s suff ering increases the reasonableness of the theistic position.