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 suffering. 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 suffering God is consistent with traditional theistic beliefs. I conclude that God’s suffering increases the reasonableness of the theistic position.