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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.]
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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
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(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.
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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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Their topics include acting and knowing before Plato: on Solon's theodicy, self-knowledge and politics in the Alcibiades I, learning from the gods: episteme and politics in Plato's Menexenus, whether the Theaetetus digression is an ethical interlude in an epistemological dialogue, kompsoi logoi: some remarks on Plato's linguistic conventionalism and its ethical implications, the telos of assimilation to god and the conflict between theoria and praxis in Plato and the middle Platonists, and the theory of mixtures and its ethical implications: the role and responsibility of the Galenic physician.
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Beliefs about God's role in suffering may vary considerably, but we were interested in whether three benevolent theodicies might serve as protective factors for natural disaster survivors: (a) the belief that God has providential control over suffering and uses it for a higher purpose (i.e., providence theodicy), (b) the belief that God is present in the midst of suffering and suffers compassionately alongside people (i.e., suffering-God theodicy), and (c) the belief that God uses suffering to build virtues into people's character (i.e., soul-building theodicy; Hale-Smith et al., 2012; Wilt et al., 2016, 2017).
The Witt to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes.
4 Ezra contains three dialogues between Ezra and the angel Uriel around the theme of theodicy before turning to apocalyptic visions of judgment.
In this sense, I argue, Silence can itself be a practical theodicy.
The purpose of this study was to examine the potential social and academic impact of theodicy, perceived control of events by God.
(1) In this article I seek to bring my experience of severe injury and disability into dialogue with the insights of philosophical theodicy and theology so as to explore the activity of God at those times when God seems to be either malicious or absent.
Trying to answer this question has led to a field of theology known as theodicy.
The movie is a fine example of theodicy, or the effort to explain why an ever-loving, omnipotent Creator would ever allow harm to be visited on his flock.
Sparks organizes his own scriptural explorations into short, accessible chapters that appraise the Bible's relationship with topics including theodicy, Christology, church history, and epistemology.
Georgetown University has a class called ''The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z,'' focusing on Beyonce's rapper husband.