KW Problem of Evil

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Theodicy
A philosophical attempt to solve the problem of evil.
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Free will
The ability to make one's own decisions and choose freely between different possible courses of action.
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Moral evil
The evil events or acts that are caused by human beings choosing freely to do the action in question.
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Natural evil
Events that have bad or evil consequences when experienced by human beings. E.g. a hurricane.
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Privation
Something is lacking a particular thing which it should have. Augustine gave the example of 'blindness'. He called this a privation because if you are blind it means that you are unable to see: you lack the attribute of 'sight'.
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The Fall
Refers to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and their disobeying of God. In Genesis 2:4 to 3:1.
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Original sin
A reference to the first sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden and its effects, according to traditional Christian beliefs.
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Perfection
Traditional characteristic or quality of God. Something which lacks nothing and cannot be better.
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Epistemic distance
Phrase used by John Hick and other philosophers to express the idea that God's existence is not obvious and thus human beings are not overwhelmed by God's presence into believing in God.
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Eschatological
Word used by Christians to refer to what will happen at the end of time or in the last days of the universe. Traditionally, it is linked with the idea of an afterlife.
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Purgatory
A state of existence post-death in which people are purified by punishment after death. Commonly associated with Roman Catholic Christianity.
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The ability to make one's own decisions and choose freely between different possible courses of action.

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Free will

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The evil events or acts that are caused by human beings choosing freely to do the action in question.

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Events that have bad or evil consequences when experienced by human beings. E.g. a hurricane.

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Card 5

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Something is lacking a particular thing which it should have. Augustine gave the example of 'blindness'. He called this a privation because if you are blind it means that you are unable to see: you lack the attribute of 'sight'.

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