The Process Theodicy


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The Process Theodicy

Part one- Introduction

This is a distinctive world-view developed by Whitehead. David Griffin developed a theodicy based upon the process format.

It is based on the idea that God is not omnipotent. He did not create the universe; it's an "uncreated process which includes the deity". In other words God is part of the world (or universe) and is bound by natural laws. God's role in creation was limited to starting off the evolutionary process and only this.

As this has led to the development of humans who exert their own influence on the world God no longer has total control, since humans can freely ignore God. Further humans have limited knowledge of God's will and as he did not fashion them after his own likeness; "it is necessarily the case that God cannot completely control the creatures." -John Hick

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The Process Theodicy

Part two- positive and negative

Positive aspects:

  • It solves the problem of suffering in the world
  • Limits God's power, allows for the possibilty that God can suffer as we do, and therefore knows what we go through 
  • As he is not all powerful, it's possible for evil to overcome good, therefore it's an encouragment for us all to resist and fight against evil

Negative aspects:

  • It goes against the traditional concept of an all powerful being
  • Also goes against God's transcedence

Simon Weil considered how, "God causes this universe to exist, but he consents not to command it, although he has the power to do so." He does not send suffering, merely lets necessity run its course.

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