Theodicy

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  • Theodicy
    • What does it mean?
      • A theodicy is a 'vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.'
        • There is no theodicy that works, not even the popular "free will" one.
    • God is supposed to be all powerful and all knowing
      • This means he could have created a world with absolutely no evil, suffering, pain, or harm whatsoever
        • Because suffering obviously exists, we can come to one of the following conclusions:
          • God is evil/ immoral/ doesn't care
          • God doesn't exist
          • God does not have the power to stop evil (which means he's not god, which means god doesn't exist)
    • “Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to... If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked... If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?”
      • Epicurus
    • Some criticisms are included, which you may be able to use in the exam ;)

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