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A Explain Irenaeus Theodicy The Irenaeus Theodicy often called Soul Making is a counterpart to Augustines Theodicy yet it is also and opposing argument While Augustine stated that evil came from humans and Adam in Genesis Irenaeus proposes that evil is opposing the human races bid to become one with God Irenaeustheodicy differs from Augustines as it is more in the sense that God created evil whereas Augustine described its existence to be more of a mistake Yet some of Irenaeus points relate to Augustines though are different forms as they are based on different opinions Irenaeus battles the problem of the inconsistent triad by saying that God is omnipotent omnibenevolent and omnificent and evil does exist but that we as a race are not perfect He believes that at the moment of creation we were not at all perfect but drastically flawed And to become one with God as God intended we must work toward that goal The idea that we must work towards God places him in a higher realm It is this epistemic distance that evil fills and we must fight through John Hick a perpetrator of this Theodicy states that In order to be a person exercising some measure of genuine freedom the creature must be brought into existence not in the immediate divine presence but at a distance from God Evil comes in as the obstacle coarse in the way of the ultimate prize After all with such a great goal it shouldnt be easy Though this doesnt really answer the question of where evil came from or why God allows it Irenaeus believes that we chose it when humanity fell in Creation That justifies moral evil But what of natural evil Why did God want this journey to take place in such a hazardous environment with earthquakes and pestilence and in such frail form which is susceptible to such dangers Hicks response is that moral
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