Problem of Evil Theodicies

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How did augustine describe evil?
a privation of good
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How did Augustine define the problem of evil?
"Either God cannot abolish evil, or he will not; if he cannot then he is not all-powerful; if he will not then he is not all good"
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What did Augustine base his theodicy on?
The Bible; genesis 3 (the story of the fall) and Romans 5:12-20 ( St Paul describes how Jesus' crucifixion wiped out the sin committed by Adam and Eve)
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What are Augustines views of creation?
God created the world perfectly and at the time it was good but when humans and angels misused their free will- evil entered
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What is another name for Augustines theodicy?
soul- deciding theodicy
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What are Irenaeus' views of creation?
2 stages: 1) created imperfectly 2) through experience humans become a child of God
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What is another name for Irenaeus' theodicy?
soul-making theodicy
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How did Irenaeus describe evil?
it is necessary to make us into better people
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What are Augustine's views on the after life?
He believes that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell
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What are Irenaeus' views on the after life?
Salvation is open to all, but evil will be punished
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What are Hick's views on the after life?
doesn't believe in hell- universal salvation- people can continue their soul-making journey after death
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What are Hick's views of creation?
Humans were created in the image of God but are not spiritually immature- need to grow into the likeness of God
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What is the distance between humans and God called that Hick identified?
Epistemic distance
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