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  • n. Plural form of theodicy.

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Examples

  • Imitating the example of Leibniz other philosophers now called their treatises on the problem of evil "theodicies".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • To be sure, there still remains a problem of legitimating certain collective misfortunes, such as epidemics, or famines, or foreign conquests, and specific theodicies may be established for this purpose.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • In reply, believers have offered innumerable theodicies doctrines that purport to reconcile the existence of God and evil.

    Satan Goes Secular

  • I would contrast MacLeish's hard-won humanism with the legerdemain of all the major theodicies - the move whereby, when the Supreme Being putatively relieves some portion of our suffering, this becomes evidence for his boundless loving grace, and when that same Supreme Being permits the suffering to persist, this also becomes evidence for his boundless loving grace.

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion?

  • All three thinkers addressed the fundamental problem faced by moral philosophy "after Auschwitz" -- in Bernstein's words, "how to think about evil when we no longer have any confidence in traditional theodicies, when the very idea of seeking to 'justify' evil is obscene, and when there is no possibility of reconciling ourselves to the brute existence of evil" (p. 165).

    Robert D. Stolorow: "Radical Evil"

  • First, as with free will theodicies in general, this line of thought provides no justification for the existence of what appear to be natural evils.

    The Problem of Evil

  • On the other hand, if one adopts this idea only in the case of atomic propositions, then given that stories that are advanced in defenses and theodicies are typically quite complex, those stories will wind up getting assigned low probabilities, and it is then unclear how they could undercut an inductive argument from evil.

    The Problem of Evil

  • Some traditional theodicies are then considered in section seven.

    The Problem of Evil

  • A useful way of dividing up possible responses is into what may be referred to as total refutations, defenses, and theodicies.

    The Problem of Evil

  • If other theodicies could provide a justification for God's allowing moral evil, that would not be a problem.

    The Problem of Evil

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