John hick development

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    • Describes irenaeus' theodicy as a 'soul making' theodicy - and idea that the world was a place for humans to work through trials within everyday existence to achieve salvation.
    • Hick claimed that for humans to be completely free, they had to be at a distance from God
    • He accepted that God's mercy would allow all humans to complete the process of spiritual perfection - in this life or the next
    • He believed that al truth would be gained after death
    • Suffering provided an opportunity for moral development
    • Believed that a future in heaven would justify all that happened in order to get there - the ends justify the means
  • Hick claimed that for humans to be completely free, they had to be at a distance from God

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