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Do theodicies explain why God allows evil in the world? Show more Show less
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A theodicy is a story that attempts to demonstrate that the presence of evil in the world does not disprove the existence of a perfectly good, almighty, and all-knowing God. Theodicies and defences are two forms of response to this conundrum. Evil can be classified into natural evil such as disease and physical catastrophes or moral evil, which can be summed up as "man's inhumanity to man."

Yes, theodicies explain the existence of an all-powerful, benevolent God Show more Show less

Theodicies demonstrate the power of an all-powerful God.
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Theodicies explain a loving, all powerful, benevolent God

The theological approach of theodicy justifies the holiness and divine attributes of God. It affirms God’s ability to exist as omnipotent and benevolent while permitting moral and physical evil.
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Religious philosophers have debated ‘the problem of evil’ for millennia. Evil is understood to encompass both moral evil (caused by free human actions) and natural evil (caused by natural phenomena such as disease, earthquakes, and floods).[1]

The Argument

Religious philosophers believe in an all powerful and benevolent God.[2] Theodicies vindicate the divine attributes of God, particularly holiness and justice, while acknowledging the true existence of physical and moral evil.[2]

Counter arguments

The fact that God does not eliminate evil in this life, despite being all powerful and benevolent means that either God is not benevolent, = is not omnipotent or not omniscient. Any one of these means God as we understand him, does not exist.


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