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n. pl. the·od·i·cies
A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.

[After Essai de théodicée, , a work by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek dikē, order, right; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -cies
(Theology) the branch of theology concerned with defending the attributes of God against objections resulting from physical and moral evil
[C18: coined by Leibnitz in French as théodicée, from theo- + Greek dikē justice]
theˌodiˈcean adj


(θiˈɒd ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
a vindication of God's justice in tolerating the existence of evil.
[1790–1800; < French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz = théo- theo- + -dicée, probably < Greek dikaía, poetic variant of díkē justice; see -y3]
the•od`i•ce′an, adj.


the vindication of the goodness of God in the face of the existence of evil. — theodicean, adj.
See also: Goodness
the vindication of the goodness of God in the face of the existence of evil. — theodicean, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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Noun1.theodicy - the branch of theology that defends God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
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At the beginning of this interesting and succinct study of theodicy in Origen's writing, Scott explains why the question of theodicy is best viewed as a search for meaning.
My primary objection is that even though these arguments do represent a form of theological engagement with the natural world, they do not address the fundamental questions of theodicy with in the process of biological evolution.
In generally chronological order, they discuss such matters as Joshua son of Nun and the presentation of a prophet, themes in the Book of Judges, prophecy and theodicy, point of view and point of standing in the prophetic books, the poetry of creation, the beginning of the end of the world in the Hebrew Bible, Jeremiah and the Levitical priest of Anathoth, portraying prophetic experience and tradition in Ezekiel, the social locations of Amos, and Jonah and the uses of parody.
Southgate evaluates several attempts at evolutionary theodicy and then argues for his own approach, an approach that takes full account of God's self-emptying and human beings special responsibilities as created co-creators.
00--This long awaited third volume of the Yale Leibniz Series contains an English translation (with original Latin text on opposing pages) of several important papers Leibniz wrote early in his philosophical career (1671-1675) concerning problems of theodicy.
By combining Hick's soul-making theodicy with Hefner's notion of the created co-creator, we can produce an even more meaningful interpretation of natural evil.
Hopkins exposes the horrors of slavery, for example, but never grapples with the problems of theodicy this created for the slaves.
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The question of theodicy was not absent from Balthasar's vast oeuvre: in Theodrama and Mysterium Paschale, Balthasar himself had interpreted the mystery of the Trinity through the lens of a theology of the cross, whereby Christ's passion and his descent to hell could be seen as the supreme expression of God's solidarity with the suffering of humanity.
Christopher Southgate's book examines the question of theodicy for a post-Darwin era and asks how the creation can be "both good and groaning"?
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