- a vindication of the divine attributes, particularly holiness and justice, in establishing or allowing the existence of physical and moral evil.
Origin of theodicy
1790–1800; theo- + Greek dík(ē) justice + -y3, modeled on French théodicée, a coinage of Leibniz
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Examples from the Web for theodicy
This is the religious exercise known as theodicy: explaining why God allows bad things to happen to good people.Liberian Pastors Blame Ebola on Gays, The Right Blames Obama
October 27, 2014
No theology, no theodicy, has ever attributed to God this title.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20)
The work nevertheless appeared in 1710 as the Essays in Theodicy.
And so, to his own and the succeeding generation, Leibniz was known as the author of the Theodicy.
This is particularly so in the Theodicy, as its many citations of theologians suggest.
His theodicy is narrow; shallow, as was the philosophy of his age.Literary and General Lectures and Essays
- 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
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Word Origin and History for theodicy
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