Officially, I have two unfinished written pieces – completely unrelated – and am in the middle of reading five books. Yeah, I have no idea why I can’t get to an outcome with anything either. It is SUCH a mystery. You’d think Liv and I would have been with Daphne and Velma this weekend instead of Tammy and Maddy…
So anyway, as I started to type and feign concern for my about-to-add-to-the-ongoing-adjectives-and-ailment-list, I remembered. I remembered a paper I had written, in the most difficult class and graded by the most difficult professor (Read: A-, whatever.) The Autobiographical Statement and Bible Exam were actually my two favorite assignments, because they did not involve any extreme challenges, making it impossible for me to totally lose my cool in a grading situation from an excess of competitive fervor.
And in that I don’t have the wherewithal right now to either read or write, here it is. A paper which answers a very important question.
Philosophy of Religion
1. The Logical Problem of Evil
- Augustinian Theodicy
- Irenaean Theodicy
- Process Theodicy
- Augustinian theodicy works from a metaphysical argument about the ontological meaninglessness of evil per se.
- Irenaean theodicy works from a moral argument about the utilitarian purpose of evil.
- And process theodicy works from both a metaphysical argument about the intrinsic nature of God’s relationship to creation, as well as the moral evolution of history as God continually redeems us from the consequences of our own moral choices.