Irenaean theodicy is ‘soul making’. His theodicy is more concerned with the development of humanity. Irenaeus distinguished between the ‘image’ and the. (25 Marks) The Irenaeus Theodicy, often called Soul Making, is a counterpart to Augustine’s Theodicy, yet it is also and opposing argument. Irenaeus’ theodicy is . A MODERN IRENAEAN THEODICY -. PROFESSOR HICK ON EVIL. Brian A. Davies. In attempting to deal with the traditional problem of evil. Christian.

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Philosophy of religion Theodicy Problem of evil. Retrieved 17 September Phillips and Fyodor Dostoyevsky challenged the instrumental use of suffering, suggesting that love cannot be expressed through suffering. The fact that some people suffer significantly more lead people to lose faith and turn away from God, rather than ‘learn a lesson’ and for this to be a convincing argument against the problem of evil, surely God would not allow such unhumane methods and people could learn through less pain.

Advantages John Hick – the world is the vale of soul-making and suffering will be compensated Offers an explanation for suffering as well as moral and natural evil Swinburne – everything has a greater good and sometimes the good is free will e. Hick’s theodicy is based on the same one as Irenaeus. However, humans use that free will to turn away from God and chose to sin.

Soul-making is the theory that evil has urenaean exist so that humans can develop their souls by living and becoming good, moral people. Typically, the Irenaean theodicy asserts that the world is the best of all possible worlds because it allows humans to fully develop.


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Through his writings he helped to establish the Canon of Scripture. Retrieved 12 February Because Irenaeus saw the purpose of the world to be the development of the moral character of humans, he believed that a good world would be best suited to that purpose.

Origen believed that all humans will eventually reach heaven as the logical conclusion of God being ‘all in all’. Early Christian theologian Origen also presented suffering as necessary for the development of human beings.

Criticism of religion Ethics in religion Exegesis Faith and rationality History of religions Political science of religion Religion and science Religious philosophy Theology. The Irenaean theodicy is a response to the evidential problem of evil which raises the problem that, if an omnipotent and omnibenevolent all-powerful and perfectly loving God exists, there should be no evil tueodicy the world. Languages Italiano Edit links.

Knowledge of these consequences must be based on experience—Swinburne rejected the idea that God could implant such knowledge, arguing that humans would question its reliability.

He proposed that it would be illogical for a perfect creation to go wrong as Augustine had suggested and that evil must have been created by God for a good reason.

Irenaeus’ Theodicy

Hick held that it would be possible for God to create beings that would always freely choose to do good, but argued that a genuine relationship requires the possibility of rejection.

Hick distinguished between the Augustinian theodicy, based on free will, and ienaean Irenaean theodicy, based on human development.

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Suffering does not sit easily with the concept of a loving God. Michael Tooley argued that the magnitude of suffering is excessive and that, in some cases, cannot theoficy to moral development.

Irenaean theodicy

We are in an immature moral state, though we have the potential for moral perfection. Irenaeaus believed that this irenaexn would include some suffering and evil to help people draw closer to God.

The world runs to a series of natural laws. Hick justifies this by appealing to the concept of mystery. There are no angels or external forces at work here.

Irenaean theodicy – Wikipedia

To achieve this likeness of God, humans must be refined and developed. Disadvantages Eschatological justification requires a belief in life after death Some people suffer considerably more than others, why has God singled them out? Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden iernaean they were immature and needed to develop, i. Irenaeus stated that God made humans imperfect and is therefore partly responsible for the existence of evil. According to the Irenaean tradition, humans are not created perfectly, but in a state of imperfection.

The value Hick placed on free will was the result of his belief that it is necessary for genuine love: This is a choice made after struggle and experience, as we choose God rather than our baser instinct.