The Augustinian Theodicy.

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Who devised the Augustinian Theodicy?
St. Augustine.
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Define Evil is a privation.
All things created by God are good. Evil is not good. Therefore evil can't be created by God.
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Define Original sin.
When Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden in Genesis.
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Define The Aesthetic Principle.
The existence of evil highlights the goodness of creation because of the contrast between good and evil.
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What are the eight parts of the Augustinian Theodicy?
God, Harmonious Creation, Hierachy of beings, Privation, The Fall, Natural Evil, Free Will and Aesthetic Value.
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Define God.
The creator is omnipotent and all-good.
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Define Harmonious Creation .
Creation is good and in the beginning was harmonious.
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Define Hierachy of beings.
God, angels, humans and animals.
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Define Privation.
Evil is a privation or a lack of goodness in something.
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Define The Fall.
Angels and human beings fall through their own free choices anf giving in to temptation. Sin enters the world through Adam and Eve.
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Define Natural Evil.
Disharmony in the world follows the fall of angels leading to natural evil.
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Define Free will.
Free will is valuable so God sustains a world within which moral and natural evil occurs.
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Define Aesthetic Value.
The existence of evil highlights the goodness of creation because of the contrast between good and evil.
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What are the strengths of the Augustinian Theodicy?
True, logical and provable that the world is a contingent, true that things in the world can become corrupted, doesn't mention what God's eternal characteristics are and true that evil is privation boni.
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Define privation boni.
Privation of good.
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Who supported the view that evil exists due to humans misusing their free will?
Richard Swinburne and Alvin Plantinga.
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What are the weaknesses of the Augustinian Theodicy?
Doesn't prove God is the source of everything or where he got this from, fails to elaborate on Divine Will, doesn't state the difference between good and perfect, God did create bad things, evil things do exist, no Satan or evil explanation.
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What was there also no proof of?
Angels or of the devil.
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