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Criticisms about Agustinians Theodicy, and the strengths and weaknesses.

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Criticisms about Agustinians Theodicy, and the strengths and weaknesses.

A theodicy (literally 'righteous God') is and argument that suggests god is right to allow the existence of evil and suffering because in some way or another, they are necessary and essential.

The Augustinian Theodicy; Augustine starts from the point of view that God is perfect, the world he created reflected that perfection, this is evident in Genesis as after each day of creation 'God was pleased with what he saw'. He continues by suggesting that evil is not a substance, it is the absence of good. So sin and death enterd the world through adam and eve and their disobedience to god, because they ate the apple from the tree when god told them not too. This bought about disharmony both in our human nature and in creation, it also destroyed the delicate balance of the world (the good world god created) and caused the world to become distanced to god. Hence, God created a perfect world which was very good. Natural evil is a consequence of the disharmony of nature brought about by the fall, human actions brought about it. Moral evil is the second and

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