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The series of revision for past questions:- Part A
"Explain why Irenaeus argues that the existence of evil is necessary for the
existence of God." (25)
The question is asking us, how does irenaeus justify Gods existence if there is evil
and suffering in the world.
Intro: This is all about Irenaeus' theodicy. You must talk about the inconsistent triad,
what it is. This is important as this gives you the basis of background knowledge of a
theodicy to show you understand what the question is asking you. Here is the
The inconsistent triad
is highlighted through
the ideas of David
Hume: In 'Dialogues
argues that God is
Omnipotent or not
evil does not exist.
But it is obvious evil does exist so because God cannot not be omnibenevolent
and omnipotent this means God does not exist.
But the theodicy of Irenaeus attempts to show us how the inconsistent triad
doesn't have to be inconsistent as there can be a way in which God and evil can
exist. Watch this video to explain:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv85tvudi7Y&feature=relatedAnd so in the
intro, in a short space of words you should highlight what kind of evils there are.
John Hick explained that there are two types of Evil - he describes evil as physical
pain, mental suffering and moral wickedness.
Natural Evil:- suffering caused by natural disasters eg. Tsunamis and
Also state in the introduction IRENAEUS THEODICY EXPLAINS WHY EVIL
IS NECESSARY FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD AS IT HELPS WITH OUR SOUL
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Moral Evil:- suffering caused by human selfishness eg. Holocaust
Now we must move on with our paragraphing.
Paragraph 1: Genesis 1:27 "Let us make man in our own image" Irenaeus states
the fact that God made us in his IMAGE not a REPLICA.…read more
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And so, there is your basis for the paragraphs on what you should know. For
detailed explanations on the paragraphs i also have a note, mind map and two
word searches on get revising of irenaeus' theodicy. Thank you.