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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Grace Lidgett Created on: He supported the view that creation is incomplete and argued that the world is best placed for the full moral development of humans, as it presents genuine moral choices. Michael Tooley argued that the magnitude of suffering is excessive and that, in some cases, cannot lead to moral development. Throdicy of religion Ethics in religion Exegesis Faith and rationality History of religions Political science of religion Religion and science Religious philosophy Theology.

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Hick did attempt to address this issue: Inphilosopher John Hick discussed the similarities of the preceding theodicies, calling them all “Irenaean”.

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Finally, he questioned whether the current universe is the best possible world for the moral development of humans. Following this, Ivan asks his brother if he would, hypothetically, choose to be the architect of the eternal happiness of mankind, which would come into existence, if, and only if he would torture an innocent child, a necessary evil, after which this eternal happiness would come into existence.

The world runs to a series of natural laws. As such, the Irenaean irenaeqn is sometimes referred to as the “soul-making theodicy”, a phrase taken from the poet John Keats. He argued that the Irenaean theodicy theodlcy that God inflicts pain for his own ends, which Griffin regarded as immoral. His theodicy is more concerned with the development of humanity. However, Dostoyevsky also states that the beauty of love is evident, in that love can continue to grow, withstand and overcome even the most evil acts.

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Useful as a means of knowledge. Citing the examples of those who die young and those who experience too great a pain to learn from it, as well as people who suffer too little to learn anything, he suggested that this world is not ideally suited to human development. He developed this further by explaining that through hardships and life, humans develop virtues, and these virtues are more meaningful than if they were simply graced to us by God.

Another early Christian theologian, Origenpresented a response to the problem of evil which cast the world as a schoolroom or hospital for the soul; theologian Mark Scott has argued that Origen, rather than Irenaeus, ought to be considered the father of this theodivy of theodicy.

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

He perceived God’s declaration in the Book of Genesis that his creation was good to mean that the world is fit for purpose, rather than being free from suffering. Theologian Mark Scott has argued that John Hick’s theodicy is more closely aligned with Origen’s beliefs than Irenaeus’ and ought to be called an “Origenian theodicy”.

Because Irenaeus saw the purpose of the world to be the development of the moral character theodjcy humans, he believed that a good world would be best suited to that purpose. Typically, the Irenaean theodicy asserts that the world is the best of all possible worlds because it allows humans to fully develop. His suffering, being swallowed by a whale, both enabled God’s plan to be fulfilled and also brought Jonah closer to God: There is irenaran moral dimension to this.


Weaknesses of the irenaeus theodicy.

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Blocher argued that universalism contradicts free will, which is vital to the Irenaean theodicy, because, if everyone will receive salvation, humans cannot choose to reject God. This is a choice made after struggle and experience, as we choose God rather than our baser instinct.

Most versions of the Irenaean theodicy propose that creation is incomplete, as humans are not yet fully developed, and experiencing evil and suffering is necessary for such development.

Could we not learn through pleasure as well as pain? Irenaeus stated that God made humans imperfect and is therefore partly responsible for the existence of evil. These laws are independent of our needs, and operate regardless of anything. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden because they were immature and needed to develop, i. Retrieved 6 September Through an allegorical reading of Exodus and the books of SolomonOrigen casts human development as a progression though a series of stages which take place in this life and after death.

Rather, he argued that Hell exists as a mythological concept and as a warning of the importance of this life.