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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? theodicy

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Department
Religious Studies
Course
Religious Studies 1023E
Professor
Corrine Walsh
Semester
Fall

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Scream Bloody Murder -Pol Pot (May 1925- April 1998) -Khmer Rouge -1975-1979 -Classification (how they classified people -full-rights people(looking for), candidates and depositees -Khmer Rouge figured they only needed to 1-2 million people… “to keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss” Killing Fields- beautiful, lush grounds that were used as mass graves Theodicy -From the Greek theos = God, dike=Justice -Traditional understanding: Justifying the ways of God in the face of chaos and evil in the world -Social scientific understanding: Describes a wide range of religious and ideological explanations of the anomic (the chaotic and evil experiences faced by both individuals and societies) Trilemma -Sufferings -Omnipotent – all powerful -Omniscient- all knowing If we believe in this God, how does he allow the suffering in the world Major Theories of Theodicy Sin and “Free Will” Theodicy All human beings participate in or inherit the sin of the first parents, Adam and Eve, whose violation of God’s commands (Genesis 3) justly brought death and suffering to the world -God hadn’t introduced suffering to the world, we had -God will respect our free will Educative Theodicies -Emphasize the educative role suffering can play in human life -Vicarious suffering serves an educative purpose by manifesting the consequences of sin to the world and by helping to purify and uplift the suffered “We also rejoice in our sufferings, we know that suffering produces perseverance…” -Shows us consequences of sin, helps us to change our choices Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement -sacrifice a goat- the sins of the community are placed upon the goat, and the goat is sa
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