Re Vocab Cards

key vocabulary cards for religion and science and good and evil units

Moral Evil

Moral evil is the result of any morally negative event caused by the intentional action of a human.

An example of a moral evil might be murder, or any other evil event for which someone can be held responsible

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Natural Evil

Natural evil is an evil that humans are unable to control.

For example an earthquake or tsunami

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Personal Evil

Personal Evil is evil that is described within a person 

For example Lucifer

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Psychological Phenomenon

Psychological Phenomenon is the thought of an image that becomes someone

For example The devil

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Satan and Lucifer

Satan and Lucifer are two names used as a representation for the devil

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Original Sin

Original Sin is the first time a human sinned - Adam and Eve

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Augustinian Theodicy

Augustinian Theodicy states that natural evil  is caused by fallen angels, whereas moral evil is as a result of man having distanced themselves from God. Augustine argued that God could not have created evil in the world, as it was created good, and that all notions of evil are simply a deviation from goodness. Evil cannot be a separate and unique substance. For example, Blindness is not a separate entity, but is merely a lack of sight. Thus the Augustinian theodicist would argue that the problem of evil and suffering is caused because God did not create evil; it was man who chose to deviate from the path of perfect goodness.

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Irenean Theodicy

Irenean Theodicy states that one cannot achieve moral goodness or love for God if there is no evil and suffering in the world. Evil is soul-making and leads one to be truly moral and close to God. God created an epistemic distance (such that God is not immediately knowable) so that we may come to know him and by doing so become truly good. Evil is a means to good for 3 main reasons:

  1. Means of knowledge Hunger leads to pain, and causes a desire to feed. Knowledge of pain prompts humans to seek to help others in pain.
  2. Character Building Evil offers the opportunity to grow morally.
  3. Predictable Environment The world runs to a series of natural laws. These are independent of anything living in the universe. Natural Evil only occurs when these natural laws conflict with our own perceived needs. This is not immoral in any way
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Inconsistent Triad

The problem of evil is often given in the form of an inconsistent triad:

Premise 1
God is omnipotent (all-powerful)

Premise 2
God is omnibenevolent (all-loving)

Premise 3
There is evil in the world

Either God does not exist or there is no evil in the world

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Epicurus first posed the problem of evil

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 God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?

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The Fall

The Fall is the first time sin was brought into the world after Adam and Eve ate the apple in the garden of eden.

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Purgatory is mainly a catholic belief  is the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment in which, it is believed, the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for Heaven

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Gehenna is a biblical city where the people threw their rubbish over the walls into a constant fire. This image is used to descibe hell

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Salvation is God's sacrifice for us on the cross. And being able to be brought closer and one with God

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Forgiveness suggests that as God is Omnibenevolent (all loving) then he forgives all no matter what they have done

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Reconciliation is the process of being made consistent or compatible with God

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Conscience is a judgment of the mind that distinguishes right from wrong.

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