Common sense views of the world Widely held historical and scientific opinion Plausible moral principles  As a response to the problem of evil, a theodicy is distinct from a defence. A theodicy seeks to show that it is reasonable to believe in God despite evidence of evil in the world and offers a framework which can account for why evil exists.
Common sense views of the world Widely held historical and scientific opinion Plausible moral principles  As a response to the problem of evil, a theodicy is distinct from a defence. A defence attempts to demonstrate that the occurrence of evil does not contradict God's existence, but it does not propose that rational beings are able to understand why God permits evil.
A theodicy seeks to show that it is reasonable to believe in God despite evidence of evil in the world and offers a framework which can account for why evil exists. The broad concept picks out any bad state of affairs Natural evils are bad states of affairs which do not result from the intentions or negligence of moral agents.
Hurricanes and toothaches are examples of natural evils. By contrast, moral evils do result from the intentions or negligence of moral agents. Murder and lying are examples of moral evils.
Evil in the broad sense, which includes all natural and moral evils, tends to be the sort of evil referenced in theological contexts To call an action evil is to suggest that it cannot [be fitted in] Wright also define evil in terms of effect saying an " In this same line of thinking, St.
Augustine also defined evil as an absence of good, as did theologian and monk Thomas Aquinas who said: Very similar are the Neoplatonistssuch as Plotinus and contemporary philosopher Denis O'Brien, who say evil is a privation.
When evil is restricted to actions that follow from these sorts of motivations, theorists sometimes say that their subject is pure, radical, diabolical, or monstrous evil. This suggests that their discussion is restricted to a type, or form, of evil and not to evil per se. An omnipotent being is one who can do anything logically possible An omniscient being is one who knows everything logically possible for him to know Weber argued that, as human society became increasingly rationalthe need to explain why good people suffered and evil people prospered became more important because religion casts the world as a "meaningful cosmos".
Weber framed the problem of evil as the dilemma that the good can suffer and the evil can prosper, which became more important as religion became more sophisticated. A theodicy of good fortune seeks to justify the good fortune of people in society; Weber believed that those who are successful are not satisfied unless they can justify why they deserve to be successful.
Berger characterised religion as the human attempt to build order out of a chaotic world. He believed that humans could not accept that anything in the world was meaningless and saw theodicy as an assertion that the cosmos has meaning and order, despite evidence to the contrary. He believed that theodicies existed to allow individuals to transcend themselves, denying the individual in favour of the social order.
Without a theodicy evil counts against the existence of God. Bayle argued that, because the Bible asserts the coexistence of God and evil, this state of affairs must simply be accepted.
He argued that theodicy began to include all of natural theologymeaning that theodicy came to consist of the human knowledge of God through the systematic use of reason. Plotinian, which was named after Plotinus, Augustinianwhich had dominated Western Christianity for many centuries, and Irenaeanwhich was developed by the Eastern Church Father Irenaeusa version of which Hick subscribed to himself.
So the capability of feeling implies free will, which in turn may produce "evil", understood here as hurting other sentient beings.
The problem of evil happening to good or innocent people is not addressed directly here, but both reincarnation and karma are hinted at. These religions taught the existence of many gods and goddesses who controlled various aspects of daily life.
These early religions may have avoided the question of theodicy by endowing their deities with the same flaws and jealousies that plagued humanity. No one god or goddess was fundamentally good or evil; this explained that bad things could happen to good people if they angered a deity because the gods could exercise the same free will that humankind possesses.
Such religions taught that some gods were more inclined to be helpful and benevolent, while others were more likely to be spiteful and aggressive.
In this sense, the evil gods could be blamed for misfortune, while the good gods could be petitioned with prayer and sacrifices to make things right.
There was still a sense of justice in that individuals who were right with the gods could avoid punishment. It is the first credited to describe the problem of reconciling an omnipotent deity with their benevolence and the existence of evil. Theodicy and the Bible The biblical account of the justification of evil and suffering in the presence of God has both similarities and contrasts in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
For the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Job is often quoted as the authoritative source of discussion. The book of Job corrects the rigid and overly simplistic doctrine of retribution in attributing suffering to sin and punishment.Book from Project Gutenberg: Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil Skip to main content Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet.
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The term theodicy was coined by German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in his work, written in French, Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal (Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of .
The term theodicy was coined by German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in his work, written in French, Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal (Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil).