Theodicy

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  • John Calvin's Theodicy

    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, wickedness, and everything in between. Calvin stated this in his own words by saying, “It were cold and lifeless to represent God as a momentary Creator, who completed his work once for all, and then left it”(pg. 126). Calvin believed God was in the…

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  • Analysis Of Theodicy: The Free Will Defense

    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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  • John Hick's Soul-Making Theodicy Analysis

    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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  • Richard Swinburne's Theodicy: The Logical And Evidential Problem Of Evil

    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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  • God Is Evil Essay

    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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  • Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People

    Evil. There are many different ways to define what evil means to different people. It can be an action, a thought, something spiritual or all of the above. I see it as doing a deliberate act which can cause physical or emotional harm to something or someone. So one might ask the question, if God is all powerful and all knowing, how can that same God allow evil to exist in the world? Most importantly, why do bad things happen to good people? In our textbook it states that “when such questions are…

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  • Moral Evil Vs Natural Evil

    2) Creating a world is a fitting thing for God to do but not the only fitting thing for him to do. Whatever he chooses to do is done on the basis of reason,but such reasons are not necessary universal law. 3) There is an infinite number of possible worlds. Some are inherently evil, so God could not create them. However, there is more than one good possible world that God could have created. There no such thing as a best possible world. 4) God was free to create if he chose to create (Elwell,…

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  • Femenism Vs Utilitarianism

    The acceptance of evil or theodicy within our modern world, has become questioned more and more as we as citizens of the world and children of God are constantly exposed to the terrors of religious fanatic’s, murderers, and tribes of kidnappers around the globe. The phrase, if God is all powerful, all knowing, and all good, how can that same God allow evil to exist and for bad things to happen to good people? Some authors have even attempted to answer this question directly, there is at…

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  • Theistic Worldview Analysis

    However, such a claim is contradictory in nature. God created creatures to have free will, which “by its very nature [includes] the possibility of evil” (Lewis 588). The possibility of evil found in free will most notably occurs due to the freedom that is given to choose and to “the existence of things to choose between” (Lewis 562). Given that human beings have free will, they can choose between right and wrong. Logically, a world absent of evil would result in the inability for human beings to…

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  • Nature Of Evil Essay

    about the philosophical problem. 1. Is it possible for there to be an all-powerful, all-knowing and all good deity and for moral evil to exist at the same time? 2. Does the existence of moral evil lead to the conclusion that there is no deity? Does it also lead to the conclusion that there is no all perfect being? One must ask if God is all knowing would he/she not have foreseen this evil and prevented it? If God is all good then knowing about evil and not preventing it would seem to make God…

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