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    Theodicy is the reasonable justification of the nature and existence of evil in the grand order of things considered to be created by God. How could a loving and caring God, who is in control of all things, allow evil to exist? Ultimately the lesson learned is that Gods reasons transcend human understanding, when in the theophany, “God appears to Job, not to answer his questions, but to demonstrate the gulf between human understanding and divine majesty.” (chs.38-41) Theodicy is at the crux of understanding the travails and troubles of the Israelites. An excellent example of why God allows bad things to happen to His chosen people. While not specific or limited to the Israelites the concept of theodicy is instrumental in coming to terms with adversity and maintaining faith.…

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    John Calvin's Theodicy

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    When discussing evil and the existent of God the question “Is God a participant in this chaos?” comes up quite often. Theologians have different opinions about the answer to this question, but John Calvin has a stance on this idea of evil and God. John Calvin has clearly laid out his stance of perfect world theodicy in his writing of sdfjds,fh. Perfect world theodicy would agree that God is apart off all things in the world. His involvement would include the Creation, the Fall, everyday life,…

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    Theodicy is a description of how God could have created a world with all the evil in it, and how it is possible for all this evil creatures to exist in the world. It attempts to defend God in response the problem of evil that militates against the existence of an omnipotent and omniscient deity. It describes how all the evil in this world could be necessary for some good - some good that makes the world better than it would otherwise be. Apart from having evil in this world, God also allow his…

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    A very interesting example is diseases, why would god create such vile and painful conditions? Were they simply created to make our future generations stronger, made to deny us from certain environments, made to punish us as in the case of Job in the Bible or even possibly population control? In the Theodicy essay, we are told “Evil (moral evil, that is) owes its existence to the deeds of men: evil is manifested in concreto in the deeds of men; its victims and their torturers and executioners.”…

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    strong disagreement can be evident for various reasons, but personal experiences are an incredibly influential aspect. Through observations or experiences of evil, society often disregards the concept of an “all great” entity because of a lack of intervention. Common points of this include allowing the holocaust to take place, but also point to forms of non-moral evil such as natural tragedies that take place everyday. This “argument from evil” prevails with atheistic beliefs as they firmly…

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    proclaims that if God existed, he would be all powerful, all knowing, and all good, and if he did exist, then there would be no evil in the world. Since evil does exist in this world, the conclusion is that god does not exist. There are various other forms of the argument of evil that add exceptions to the premises, one being the soul-building theodicy. I will explain the soul building theodicy in more detail and explain that although it makes sense, it is not enough to describe all of the…

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    A theodicy being an attempt to show that the existence of evil doesn 't rule out the possibility of God 's existence. What I can do is examine some of the most popular theodicies and argue a point for their validity. The most popular theodicy is called The Free Will Defense. This argument holds that God maximized the goodness in the world by creating free beings. Being free means that we have the choice to do evil things, a choice which some of us choose to exercise. This theodicy gains so many…

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    The evidential problem of evil determines the degree of how much evil must be a part of the evidence of God’s existence. While on the other hand the logical problem of evil is seen through our own eyes. It bares the question whether God is a perfect because of all wrong taking place in the world. Through these two problems it is hard to even imagine that God is perfect. Through Richard Swinburne’s theodicy (theodicy - an attempt to defend God's omnibenevolence in the face of evil) , one comes to…

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    Introduction John Hick, the British Philosopher was born in 1922 in the United Kingdom. Hick is credited as a profound religious epistemologist, philosophical theologian, and religious pluralist (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015). Hick contributed largely to the world of theology, writing one of his more famous works, Evil and the God of Love, where the chapter Soul-Making Theodicy is included (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015). The attempt to explain the presence of evil,…

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    God Is Evil Essay

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    The fact that God doesn't seem to be doing anything about the evil and injustice in this world causes many to question their faith. “How can there be such evil in the world, if God exists?” “How can God let the good be taken advantage of?” This is something religious scholars have discussed and studied for years. Theologians use theodicy to explain the problem of evil. How can evil exist in the world when God is all-powerful and all-good? One of those theories is the ‘Free will’ theodicy. This…

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