Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil. In Six Letters to —.

by Soame Jenyns


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Soame Jenyns served in the British Parliament during the 18th century. As well as several poetical works, Jenyns authored a couple of theological essays, one on the problem of evil, and the other a work of apologetics. A Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil examines and proposes a potential answer to the questions raised by the existence of evil in a supposedly perfect world created by God. Upon its publication, the essay received rather negative reviews, including one by Samuel Johnson. Dr. Johnson condemned it as a superficial and flippant attempt to solve one of the most difficult moral problems. Jenyns, naturally, took offense to Johnson's words, and he later published a second edition of A Free Inquiry prefaced by a defense of his work.

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Born: 1704
Died: 1787
Related topics: Apologetics, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, Economic history, Good and evil
Basic information: Soame Jenyns (1 January 1704 – 18 December 1787) was an English writer.
Popular works: Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil. In Six Letters to —., View of the Internal Evidence of the Christian Religion. The Third Edition, View of the Internal Evidence of the Christian Religion. The Seventh Edition

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