• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Augustine believed that God is wholly good and made the world perfect

Extracts from this document...


Augustine believed that God is wholly good and made the world perfect. He created everything ex nihilo. Augustine believes that because God is perfect, he could not have created evil. Evil is a result of humans giving into temptation and stepping out of the created order. However, this may not successfully explain the problem of evil because there are some flaws. It is believed that God created the world to be good. This is because in genesis, God created everything and said it was good. God could not have created evil, because it is just a deprivation of good, it is not a substance. ...read more.


That there must have been other people apart from Adam and Eve that existed, otherwise the world would have been created through incest. Even with this knowledge, we cannot blame Adam for original sin, because it is true that at some point in our lives, we all have sinned. Therefore, moral evil can be accounted for all the wrong things humans have done. Augustine believed that natural evil is a consequence of sin, and also becomes our fault. This is because we stepped outside of God's 'created order'. We do not obey God anymore, so the world does not obey us. This is why we have earthquakes and tsunamis. ...read more.


However, some people do not believe that all suffering is balanced with justice, such as a deer caught in barbed wire after being burned in a fire and dying a slow painful death. It does not seem like this suffering was accounted for. In conclusion, Augustine's theodicy is a good answer to the problem of evil, stating that it is our sins that lead to all the evil in the world. However, the suffering of innocent animals such as the deer which does not seem to be balanced by anything. So this theory is not a completely satisfactory explanation for the problem of evil. 'Augustine's theodicy successfully explains the problem of evil, while allowing God to remain all powerful and good' Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have considered another point of view. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Good and Evil

    believe and this is not to sin and not to do what the devil says. Jesus refers to good and evil together on many occasions throughout the Bible as he taught people to accept the evil that other people imposed on them, he said "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).

  2. Death and Dying

    Thieves for example are spend eternity in a snake pit. Finally, the ninth 'pit' is the lowest 'pit' of all. It is a chamber filled with ice and is punishment for those who've betrayed others. These souls are frozen in the iced lake, accompanied by the devil.

  1. Looking at Aldous Huxley's, A Brave New World.

    They do not ponder upon their meaning in the world. They simply do not ponder at all. Yet, these people obviously exist. Is it necessary to have the ability of thought for a thing to exist? I think this question points to a weakness in Descartes' foundation.

  2. Judaism: Good and Evil - Describe what followers of the religion you are studying ...

    For example they could have the option to lie about something. If they hold back from lying and continue to do so, it will become easier and easier to stop lying. However, the more they lie, the harder it becomes to cease.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work