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St.Augustine's Theodicy and St.Irenaeus' theodicy as a weak response to the Ability of Wicked

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Augustine's theodicy is significantly affected by the creation stories of the Old Testament (Genesis 1-3). While thinking about Augustine's theodicy it's worth bearing in mind that he interpreted the Genesis narrative as a literal account of the origins of the planet and also as a mythical story that communicated worth and significance. While most Christians today would not suggest that the Genesis narrative is literally true, they still value the thoughts Augustine lays ahead in his theodicy. Augustine's theodicy is essentially- God is perfect and creates perfection (garden of Eden), God gave us free will which we in turn misuse which consequently leads to the fall of man and so evil comes to the world. So now the whole world is corrupt and evil, Organic Evil is then due to this corruption. Everyone after the fall shares in the sins of Adam- Original Sin, until Jesus saves us by dying for our sins on the cross. In the book of Romans (5:12) it says 'Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death shall propagate to all because all have sinned.' Hence humanity is responsible for evil. But some may say that God gave us free will in the first place and if God is all knowing then He understood the collapse would occur and therefore he's not all enjoying or all strong because he understood evil would come into the world and did nothing about it. Vardy includes an analogy that works together with St.Augustine's theodicy- the story about the prince and the peasant, a rich prince falls in love with a peasant but understands that when he went for her clad in his rich fine cottons and silks then she would not really love him love what he's. So the prince disguises himself as a different peasant and 'woos'.

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