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Read the assigned reading from the chapter. Then choose ONE of the questions below to answer. Answer the question you chose in a minimum of 2 paragraphs. Use your course texts and the course slides to help you respond to the topic, and when you quote and summarize from the course texts, include information about the page reference.
1. Do you agree with Rowe that it seems unlikely that all instances of intense human and animal suffering lead to greater goods? And do you think that if all that suffering does lead to greater goods, that “an omnipotent, omniscient being could not have achieved at least some of those goods without permitting the instances of suffering that lead to them”?
2. According to Hick, what is the “soul-making process”? Is it, as he says, of such great value that it justifies all the human and animal suffering involved in it?
3. Do you think Rowe’s criticism of the soul-making theodicy is cogent? Can you conceive of a world that has slightly less suffering than our world has, yet in which plenty of soul-making takes place? Explain.