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 believes that everyone has the chance to achieve irenaan life. Irenaeus proposed the idea that God created humans as imperfect to evolve in his image but this does not explain why he didn’t make morally perfect humans who still have to become in God’s image. In the early 19th century, Friedrich Schleiermacher wrote Speeches and The Christian Faithproposing a theodicy which John Hick later identified as Irenaean in nature.

Although this does offer an explanation towards the problems of evil, there are still issues with the inconsistent triad and why God used these methods. This is a choice made after struggle and experience, as we choose God rather than our baser instinct. Ethical egoism Euthyphro dilemma Logical positivism Religious language Verificationism eschatological Problem of evil Theodicy Augustinian Irenaean Best of all possible worlds Inconsistent triad Natural evil.

Good, evil and suffering

This faith becomes a virtue. If we proceed on this definite assumption that all belonging to the human race are eventually taken up into loving fellowship with Christ, there is nothing for it but this single divine fore-ordination.


Ireenaean 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. These good, moral traits are best as they come from free will.

Irenaean theodicy – Wikipedia

Hick’s theodicy is based on the same one as Irenaeus. Typical to variations of the Irenaean theodicy is the notion that the present world is the greatest possible world, or the best of all possible worlds.

His theodicy is more concerned with the development of humanity. Languages Italiano Edit links. Adam had the form of God but not the content of God.

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.

Humans are imperfect because the second stage is incomplete, entailing the potential, not yet actualised, for humans to reach perfection. Thank you very much! Robert Melse argued that, although suffering does sometimes bring about good, not all suffering is valuable and that most does more harm than good.

He argued that to be created in the image of God means to have the potential for knowledge of and a relationship with God; this is fulfilled when creation in the likeness of God is complete.

Soul-making is the theory that evil has to exist so that humans can develop their souls by living and becoming good, moral people. To summarise Irenaeus’ Theodicy: Humanity currently exists in ifenaean image of God and is being developed into spiritual maturity.


Philosophy of religion Theodicy Problem of evil.

A genuinely loving God, he argued, would have created humans with free will. French theologian Henri Blocher criticised the universalism of John Hick’s theory.

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British iirenaean Richard Swinburne proposed a version of the Irenaean theodicy based on his libertarian view of free will, a view that one’s free theodciy are not caused by any outside agent.

Hick justifies this by appealing to the concept of mystery. Michael Tooley argued that the magnitude of suffering is excessive and that, in some cases, cannot lead to moral development. Retrieved 6 September Knowledge of pain prompts humans to seek to help others in pain. The value Hick placed on free will was the result of his belief that it is necessary for genuine love: According to the Irenaean tradition, humans are not created perfectly, irenaan in a theoducy of imperfection.

Humans were created in the image and likeness of God. These aspects are Origen’s allegorical treatment of Adam and Evethe presentation of the world as a hospital or schoolroom, the progression he advocates of the human soul, and his universalism. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Related topics Criticism of religion Ethics in religion Exegesis Faith and rationality History of religions Political science of religion Religion and science Religious philosophy Theology.