American Theodicy: An Essay

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Theodicy is justification of evil in the world reconciled to divine power. The essay takes issue with common assumptions and offers a true reconciliation of God's power with freedom of conscience and desire. More

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About Edward E. Rochon

I write for my health and the health of the world. Often the cure rivals the disease in grief and aches. My writing career started at twelve when I attempted to write a sequel to Huckleberry Finn but never finished it. My writings have included poetry, plays, a novel, non-fiction and writing newsletters for here and there. I have dabbled into short stories. Apart from newsletters, have one book (Paradoxes) published in print. I bought an audio recording of one of my poems but threw it away in disgust due to an inappropriate reading by the narrator. 'Contra Pantheism...' was my first eBook. Some 210 eBooks have been published since, including some books of verse, some of my essays collected into five volumes, three box sets and two volumes of collected poems. A few other types of literature are on my list of published works. My essays deal with fundamental questions of philosophy as well as natural philosophy (science.)

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David Rice reviewed on Aug. 29, 2014

The arguments only hold up if the specific god being discussed is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-compassionate. I am not aware of any of the gods matching all three traits, so the issue of theodicy is superfluous: it doesn't exist. Natural evil happens because the laws of physics dictate that it must: the gods have no say in the matter. Human evil exists because humans are greedy, and evolved that way: the gods have no say in that evil either, since it is human nature to occasionally behave (or fail to behave) in a way that spawns evil. If the gods had anything at all to say in the matter, they would have done so by now---- they have had a few hundred thousand years to speak up and complain.

Theodicy: it is a nonsense word, and will remain so until the gods come out of hiding.
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