Hick's theodicy evaluation

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  • Created on: 07-10-15 13:45
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  • Evaluating Hick's Theodicy
    • Weaknesses
      • Everyone makes it to hell= not consistent with the Christian view
        • Eternal punishment means justice for evil
      • If we all are saved why sin?
      • How can we find goodness/ justification in horrific events e.g. Holocaust?
      • Hume- why not learn from pleasure as well as pain?
      • Does the end justify the means?
      • Moral behaviour= pointless/ No incentive to develop (point of theodicy)
      • Quanity of suffering = unfair and pointless. If suffering is necessary why can it not be restricted. 1 million Jews instead of of 6?
    • Strengths
      • life does not always end in human development
      • Achievable goal for humanity. Stresses relevance and value of life on earth. We need to be in God's likeness.
      • Allows us to recognise importance of relationship with God
      • Agreed by P.Vardy that free will is a necessity
      • Supreme being (=God) can justify present suffering
      • Even evil people are victims and deserve Gods mercy.
      • The counter factual hypothesis
  • Strengths
    • life does not always end in human development
    • Achievable goal for humanity. Stresses relevance and value of life on earth. We need to be in God's likeness.
    • Allows us to recognise importance of relationship with God
    • Agreed by P.Vardy that free will is a necessity
    • Supreme being (=God) can justify present suffering
    • Even evil people are victims and deserve Gods mercy.
    • The counter factual hypothesis

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