- The part of theology concerned with defending the goodness and omnipotence of God in the face of the suffering and evil of the world. See evil, problem of; free-will defence.
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Theodicy — (IPAEng|θiːˈɒdɪsi) (adjectival form theodicean) is a specific branch of theology and philosophy that attempts to reconcile the existence of evil or suffering in the world with the belief in an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent God, i.e … Wikipedia
Theodicy — • Term was introduced into philosophy by Leibniz Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Theodicy Theodicy † … Catholic encyclopedia
Theodicy — The*od i*cy, n. [NL. theodic[ae]a, fr. Gr. ? God + ? right, justice: cf. F. th[ e]odic[ e]e.] 1. A vindication of the justice of God in ordaining or permitting natural and moral evil. [1913 Webster] 2. That department of philosophy which treats… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
theodicy — 1799, from Fr. théodicée, title of a work by Leibniz, from Gk. theos god (see THEA (Cf. Thea)) + dike judgment, justice, usage, custom (cognate with L. dicere to show, tell; see DICTION (Cf. diction)) … Etymology dictionary
theodicy — [thē äd′ə sē] n. pl. theodicies [Fr théodicée: coined by LEIBNIZ Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von (1710) < Gr theos, god + dikē, justice] the theological discipline that seeks to explain how the existence of evil in the world can be reconciled with … English World dictionary
theodicy — theodicean, adj. /thee od euh see/, n., pl. theodicies. a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil. [1790 1800; THEO + Gk dík(e) justice + Y3,… … Universalium
theodicy — A theodicy is a defence of divine omnipotence and perfect goodness in the light of the problem of evil. In the words of Milton s famous preface to Paradise Lost, it is to justify the ways of God to men . According to Alvin Plantinga, theodicy… … Christian Philosophy
theodicy — This word (from the Greek theos, meaning God, and dikē, meaning justice ) refers to the study of evil and suffering in the world, which seems contrary to the existence of a presumably good God. In a more general sense, theodicy sometimes… … Glossary of theological terms
theodicy — noun (plural cies) Etymology: modification of French théodicée, from théo the (from Latin theo ) + Greek dikē judgment, right more at diction Date: 1797 defense of God s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil … New Collegiate Dictionary
theodicy — noun /θiːˈɒd.ɪ.si/ A justification of a deity, or the attributes of a deity, especially in regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world; a work or discourse justifying the ways of God … Wiktionary