Evaluation of Augustine's Theodicy

Heloise Tudor
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A mindmap evaluating Augustine's Theodicy. Green = the strengths and supporters of the argument. Red = the weaknesses and critics of the argument.

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Evaluation of Augustine's Theodicy
    1. Brian Davies: evil isn't a substance, it's a gap between what is and what ought to be. God isn't to blame.
      1. Plantinga: humans wouldn't be free if they could only choose to be good. Free will supports the idea that humans are responsible for evil.
        1. He explains why evil can exist alongside goodness.
          1. He explains why God chooses to not intervene.
            1. He accounts for natural evil
              1. It fits the Christian creation story
                1. Schleiermacher: a logical contradiction to say a perfect world went wrong. Evil may be a deprivation but it's still present in the world.
                  1. Relies on the story of Adam and Eve, there's no proof of this. The Bible shouldn't be taken literally.
                    1. Biology proves people can't have been seminally present in Adam, so God would be unjust to punish everyone.
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