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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Hick did attempt to address this issue: There are no angels or external forces at work here.

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Irenaeus believed the first stage is complete, but the second stage requires humans to develop and grow into the likeness of God, a stage which Irenaeus believed is still in progress. To summarise Irenaeus’ Theodicy: God foretold that this fall would happen and therefore sent his son, Jesus Christ, so that humanity irenaezn be reconciled with God. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky presented a similar argument in his novel, The Brothers Karamazov. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Unlike Augustine, who claimed that humanity destroyed a perfect world, Hick and Irenaeus say that the perfect world is one to look forward to. Criticism of religion Ethics in religion Exegesis Faith and rationality History of religions Political science of religion Religion and science Religious philosophy Theology.

This process enables humans to achieve perfection. Ethical egoism Euthyphro dilemma Logical positivism Religious language Verificationism thekdicy Problem of evil Theodicy Augustinian Irenaean Best of all possible worlds Inconsistent triad Irenaeah evil.

Evil offers the opportunity to grow morally. Evidence of evil in the irenaeaj would make the existence of God improbable. He argued that the Irenaean theodicy supposes that God inflicts pain for his own ends, which Griffin regarded as immoral.


There is no moral dimension to this. The eternal suffering of Hell could not be explained in terms of human development, so Hick rejected it. Hick distinguished between the Augustinian theodicy, based on free will, and the Irenaean theodicy, based on human development.

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Good, evil and suffering

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. Through his writings he helped to establish the Canon of Scripture.

Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden because they were immature and needed to develop, i. Theodicy- strengths and weaknesses of Augustine and Irenaeus. John Hick published Evil and the God of Love inin which he developed a theodicy based on the work of Irenaeus.

Retrieved 12 February Challenges Ethical egoism Euthyphro dilemma Logical positivism Religious language Verificationism eschatological.

He also yheodicy the suffering both irsnaean animals and of young children.

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Robert Melse argued that, although suffering does sometimes bring about good, not all suffering is valuable and that most does more harm than good. Hick believes that everyone has the chance to achieve eternal life. He believed that, in order to achieve moral perfection, humans must be given free choice, with the actual possibility of choosing to do evil.

Disadvantages Eschatological justification requires a belief in life after death Some people suffer considerably more than others, why has God singled them out?

Jonah ended up repenting for his sin and the people of Nineveh turn to God. Would a loving God use evil? From it we learn positive values, and about the world around us. However, if there is an element of mystery to suffering, to the effect that some people suffer without benefit, it allows feelings of compassion and sympathy to emerge.


Humans are imperfect because the second stage is incomplete, entailing the potential, not yet actualised, for humans to reach perfection.

Evil does not have to exist in order for good to exist.

Irenaeaus believed that this world would include some suffering and evil to help people draw closer to God. Natural evil is when these laws come into conflict with our own perceived needs.

Humans were created in the image and likeness of God. These laws are independent of our needs, and operate regardless of anything. Most versions of the Irenaean theodicy propose that creation is incomplete, thekdicy humans are not yet fully developed, and experiencing evil and suffering is necessary for such development. Hick held that it would be possible for God to create beings that would always freely choose irenaran do good, but argued that a genuine relationship requires the possibility of rejection.

The Problem of Evil. God brings in suffering for the benefit of humanity. The fall of humanity is seen as a failure within this second phase of becoming more like God in content. The Irenaean theodicy is a Christian theodicy a response to the problem of evil. However, we can be sure of things in a predictable world!

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. This is a choice made after struggle and experience, as we choose God rather than our baser instinct. Adam had the form of God but not the content of God.