The 3 main theodicies

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Augustines Theodicy

This is characterised as 'soul deciding'.

God gave mankind the gift of free will. Free will is positive, as rather than doing it automatically, human beings can choose to love God. This allows for spiritual and emotional understanding and development. So in order to have genuine free will, then it must be an actual possibility that we can turn away from God and not fulfil our human nature. In the Bible, pride is identified as the sin that leads us to reject the opportunity to flourish as God intended, so we succumb to lower desires such as greed and promiscuity. God foresaw this but did not cause it…


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