Augustine's Theodicy: a response to The Problem of Evil

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Augustine's Theodicy

A soul-deciding theodicy (rather than Irenaeus' soul-making theodicy)

Based primarliy on Genesis 1-3 of The Bible

God makes the world "perfect"

("God looked on His creation and saw that it was good")

'Evil' is not an entitiy in itself. It is simply a lack/ privation of goodness- Augustine calls this privatio boni.

Think of it as being like blindness: if someone is blind they are unable to see light. 'Evil' is like blindness, in that it is simply the inability to see goodness.

According to the theodicy, this lack of goodness/ privatio boni derives from…


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