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Questions tagged [theodicy]

For questions about how one resolves the idea of a good God with the problem of evil

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Has any scholar argued that the Trinity doctrine solves the “best possible world” and “divine freedom to create” objections?

Quoting the wikipedia article, "The claim that the actual world is the best of all possible worlds is the central argument in Leibniz's theodicy, or his attempt to solve the problem of evil." It is ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if God is just and loving why is Nature so needlessly brutal and cruel sometimes?

This question was brought about after reading a quote from Charles Darwin saying he couldn't believe in a benevolent creator due to the existence of parasitic wasps (which paralyze insects so that ...
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What is the biblical basis for free will?

I have seen several responses to theodicy questions revolving around the concept of "free will." I am not familiar with any self-contained biblical basis for this belief (that is, no extra-biblical ...
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What is the biblical basis for the logical Problem of Evil? [closed]

From the Wikipedia article on the subject: The problem of evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with an omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent God (see theism). ...
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How does Mormonism (the LDS Church) answer “the problem of evil”?

My question this evening is: How does Mormonism (the LDS Church) answer "the problem of evil": if God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely good and benevolent, why does evil exist in the ...
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Could Satan have created the “World”? [closed]

According to Genesis 1:31, all that God created was good. However, not only in the human realm, but also in nature, there is much that seems violent and evil. Darwin, for example, could not conceive ...
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Is God cruel if he allows Satan to hurt us? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with my faith. We have had multiple hits that have me wondering why a loving God would allow this to happen? I'm hear over and over that it's the devil doing it or it is God doing it ...
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God's sovereignty and man's predicament in light of evil forces [duplicate]

Since God is sovereign and is not answerable to anyone about his doing, why should God allow the evil to continue to grow and the aftermath of man suffering the consequences while the fallen demonic ...
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According to Catholic tradition, why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? [closed]

A father punishes children who misbehave. Members of ISIS have misbehaved and slaughtered innocent people. So why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? Please cite Scripture and relevant Catholic ...
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What is the name of this theological problem?

I have formulated a theological problem, and I would like to research different answers people have for it. This process would be a lot easier if I had a solid starting point. I am wondering if there ...
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Is theodicy considered an open problem or a solved one, according to catholicism?

Do catholics consider the problem of theodicy (Why God allows evil on this world) an open question, or is it "solved", seeing that so many people have tried to answer it. If it is not solved, what is ...
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Readable presentations on theodicy (problem of evil) theories? [closed]

Are there any expositions of christian philosophical resolutions to the problem of evil that one can more easily follow, in any presentation (video / audio / book /coursera / whatever)? Being a ...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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Earlier use of this argument for the necessity of evil?

I seem to recall hearing or reading that Augustine posited that perhaps evil as such did not exist, i.e., that evil is more a void or absence of existence. I think this line of reasoning is used to ...
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Are Christians supposed to suffer? [closed]

Consider the following scriptures: James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let ...
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How can a Wholly Good God Deliberately Create Evil?

I think it's pretty universally accepted that God is wholly good. Indeed, many sources, including lots of answers on this website, are based on the belief that God is the perfect standard of goodness....
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Does Christianity give a reason for life experiences, such as in Hinduism? [closed]

In Hinduism, there is a concept of past life karma. Meaning if someone is born into an unfortunate situation (in a slum, for example) it is because they are paying for sin from a past life. Does ...
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“God created the world” - why can't he correct it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer “Why does evil and suffering exist?” If there is a God who created the world etc, how did he get it so wrong that even he got annoyed with it so much ...
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Why has God punished every human for one person's sin? [closed]

God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden because Eve ate the fruit that God told her not to. And this let evil into the world. If God loves everyone, so much so that he let his son die for us,...
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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?” [closed]

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...