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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Hailed as the first great Catholic theologian. Irwnaean his writings he helped to establish the Canon of Scripture. His theodicy is more concerned with the development of humanity.
Adam had the form of God but not the content of God. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden because they were immature and needed to develop, i. The fall of humanity is seen as a failure within this second phase of becoming more like God in irenaaen. This faith becomes a virtue.
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To summarise Irenaeus’ Theodicy: Humans were created in the image and likeness of God. We are in an immature moral state, though we have the potential for theodiicy perfection. This is a choice made after struggle and experience, as we choose God rather than our baser instinct. There are no angels or external forces at work here.
God brings in suffering for the benefit of humanity. From it we learn positive values, and about the world around iirenaean. Suffering and evil are: Useful as a means of knowledge.
Hunger leads to pain, and causes a desire to feed. Knowledge of pain prompts humans to seek to help others in pain.
Evil offers the opportunity to grow morally. The world runs to a series of natural laws.
These laws are independent of our needs, and operate regardless of anything. Natural evil is when these laws come into conflict with our own perceived needs. iirenaean
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There is no moral dimension to this. However, we can be sure of things in a predictable world! This process enables humans to achieve perfection. Irenaeus never developed his theodicy fully but his ideas were later taken up by Friedrich Schleirmacher and more resently by John Hick.
This would appear unjust, in theodiy evil goes unpunished. This is not orthodox Christianity.
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Could we not learn through pleasure as well as pain? Can suffering ever be justified on the grounds of motive?
Suffering does not sit easily with the concept of a loving God.