A Modified Irenaean Theodicy

On July 24, 2016, in Apologetics, Insights, by july

A Theodicy is a means of showing how God can coexist with evil. Most theodicies come in the form of arguing that the free will of man is the cause of evil. However,  it is not able to account for certain forms of evils such as natural evil. This version of theodicy, though in its infancy, proposes a lens through which one can see all of reality and make sense of evil. More work has to be done in evaluating the view but the paper is the genesis of seeing beyond the commonly available options today.

The Irenaean Theodicy in its classical definition is a view claiming that humans were created imperfect and can become perfect through moral progress in a world with evil. Such a view seems lacking in its capacity to account for a full theodicy. The deficiency of this view lies in the fact that it is unable to account for natural evil and (arguably) gratuitous evil. By extending the classical definition of the Irenaean Theodicy to cover all of creation, it will in effect be able to account for what is lacking in the classical view. In this paper therefore, I proposed a Modified Irenaean Theodicy which says that the entire creation is “created but not yet.” That is to say, the present state of all contingent reality is that it is part of a creation process that has already started but not yet complete.

In the link below, I attempted to argue for its viability in favor of other theodicies and addressed some possible objections.




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