The Irenaean Theodicy

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Define embryonic.
The Universe and Earth developed over time.
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Define soul-making.
People grow and develop into the likeness of God. Natural evil is in it.
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Define epistemic distance.
Human beings have the chance to choose freely to grow into relationships with God.
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Define eschatalogical aspect.
All will come to be in the likeness of God eventually, but this will not be in physical life.
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What are the seven aspects of the Irenaean Theodicy.
God, Embryonic Creation, Humans as imperfect, Soul-making world, Epistemic distance, Eschatalogical aspect and Free will.
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Define God.
The creator is omnipotent and all-good.
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Define Embryonic Creation.
The Universe and Earth developed over time.
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Define Humans as imperfect.
Human beings evolve from the image of God into the likeness of God.
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Define Soul-making world.
The world is an environment in which people grow into the likeness of God. Hence natural evil is present in it.
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Define Epistemic distance.
There is an epistemic distance between God and perople so that human beings have the chance to choose freely to grow into relationships with God.
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Define Eschatalogical aspect.
All will come to be in the likeness of God eventually, but this will not be in physical life.
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Define Free will.
Free will is valuable, so God sustains a world within which moral and natural evil occur.
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What is the Irenaean Theodicy concerned with?
The development of humanity.
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Why were Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden in Genesis?
As they were immature and needed to develop into the likeness of God.
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What is a necessary part of God's created Universe?
Suffering.
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Why is suffering a necessary part of God's created Universe?
Through suffering human souls are made noble. The world is a vale of soul making.
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What two things are not at work in perfecting humans?
Angels and external forces.
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What does suffering teach us about the world around us?
Positive values.
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Knowledge of pain leads us to do what?
Help others in pain.
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What two things are part of the process of deification and perfecting humans?
Heaven and Hell.
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Who else took up the Irenaean Theodicy?
Friedrich Schleirmacher (1868-1934) and John Hick.
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Who devised the Irenaen Theodicy?
St. Irenaeas.
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What does Hich incorporate in his interpretation of the Irenaean Theodicy?
Evolutionary biology.
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What does Hick think is the first stage in human's creation of becoming the content of God?
Homo sapiens.
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Becoming the content of God is a journey of what according to Hick?
A journey from imperfection to perfection.
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What did Hick think that humans are born with?
An inherit knowledge of God.
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Why have we been placed in a hostile environment?
To learn how to become better people.
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Why did God not make us perfect?
So that we could become the people that he wants us to be.
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What else did Hick think for why God did not make us perfect?
Because working for something is more rewarding than being given it.
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What are humans moving away from according to Hick?
Self-centredness.
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What are humans moving more towards according to Hick?
God centredness.
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What are the problems with the Irenaean Theodicy?
Morality becomes pointless as everyone goes to Heaven, Jesus's role is reduced to just moral example, suffering is unjust, suffering is limited by our capacity to feel it and our lifespan and suffering is unjust on the grounds of motive.
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What the strengths of the Irenaean Theodicy?
It can be reconciled scientifically unlike Augustine's Theodicy.
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