Divine Retribution: A Defence' in Sophia 42 (2003): 35-52

OD Crisp

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The concept of divine justice has been the subject of considerable scrutiny in recent philosophical theology, as it bears upon the notion of punishment with respect to the doctrine of eternal damnation. In this essay, I set out a version of the traditional retributive view of divine punishment and defend it against one of the most important and influential contemporary detractors from this position, Thomas Talbott. I will show that, contrary to Talbott's argument, punishment may satisfy divine justice, and that perfect justice is commensurate with retribution, rather than, as he suggests, reconciliation and restoration.
Translated title of the contributionDivine Retribution: A Defence' in Sophia 42 (2003): 35-52
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35 - 52
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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Publisher: Springer Netherlands


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