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. Recently, I am dabbling into short stories. Apart from newsletters, nothing has been 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. About a hundred eBooks have been published since including some books of verse, and my essays collected into five volumes, and one volume 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.) On the whole, my works are as far above the writings of Plato and Aristotle as the material power of the United States is over that of Ancient Greece. I once asked myself if I had ever written anything memorable, but couldn't remember exactly what I had written. I started to check my manuscripts but stopped as it seemed the answer to the question was obvious. Gore Vidal mentioned in one of his memoirs that writers tend to forget what they write and are a bad source to ask about their works. Gore knew a lot of writers. I have not and may have been a bit hard on myself. Apart from self-improvement and maybe making a few bucks, my main goal is to bring about a golden age for mankind. Being a man, this sounds appealing. It is pointless to desist and all small measures are worth the effort. Albert Camus thought suicide the only serious philosophical question. He was a fool and died young. Suicide is a waste of time. The most important functional question is: How do I get what I want? The one question that trumps this is the ultimate question of intent: What should I want? As Goethe pointed out: Be careful what you wish for in your youth, you might get it in middle age.

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Review by: David Rice 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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