Definition of theodicy in English:


Pronunciation /THēˈädəsē/ /θiˈɑdəsi/


  • The vindication of divine goodness and providence in view of the existence of evil.

    ‘the question of theodicy’
    count noun ‘those seeking a theodicy’
    • ‘I realize that we brush up against the problem of evil and theodicy here.’
    • ‘Uninterested in apologetics and theodicy, Carroll is nonetheless obsessed with the God she finds in the natural world.’
    • ‘By examining the impact of religious theodicy on life satisfaction, this paper addresses one of the more understudied issues in religion and health research.’
    • ‘Both move questions of theodicy away from attempts at explanation and defense and toward compassionate response and solidarity with those who suffer.’
    • ‘This is an historical and psychological process that involves conflict and suffering and which is the proper subject of philosophy and theodicy.’
    • ‘Ward tackles their claims directly dealing honestly with themes such as theodicy and the possibility that human will could thwart divine purpose.’
    • ‘Throughout the book, Haught systematically develops a theology of evolution that engages contemporary debates on theodicy, suffering, and death.’
    • ‘There are also those who feel that the God of theism has utterly failed the challenge of theodicy: how we can believe in a good and omnipotent God, given the state of the world?’
    • ‘For example, I share his concern about the implications of the idea of God's omnipotence for theodicy, and also his unease with a radical separation of God and nature.’
    • ‘At the same time, there lies at the base of Christian theodicy the belief that God had given Adam and Eve freedom to sin in the Garden of Eden - and sin they not only could, but did.’
    • ‘For Voltaire, a catastrophe of such indiscriminate vastness was incontrovertible evidence against the bland optimism of popular theodicy.’
    • ‘For more than two millennia after the writing of the Torah, discussions of evil focussed on the question of theodicy: how can bad events be reconciled with the omnipotence of a good God?’
    • ‘We're halfway through our meditations on theodicy: Why do human beings suffer and die in a world created by a just and loving God?’
    • ‘Thirdly, this final theodicy provides no account of moral evil.’
    • ‘She got a PhD from Brandeis, where she studied nineteenth-century American poetry and theodicy.’
    • ‘I met this theodicy once when interviewing some devout Christian women for a radio program I was producing.’
    • ‘Part of the problem with any theodicy is the notion that God is powerful in the sense that we ordinarily give that word.’
    • ‘Speaking as a theologian, Karen Kilby is wary of philosophers building theodicies, or solutions to the problem of evil that are necessarily abstract.’
    • ‘I have argued that constructing theodicies to answer questions about ‘God and evil’ perpetuates old evils and creates new evils.’
    • ‘Defoe's story is an anguished inquiry into questions of predestination and election, freedom and theodicy.’


Late 18th century from French Théodicée, the title of a work by Leibniz, from Greek theos ‘god’ + dikē ‘justice’.



/THēˈädəsē/ /θiˈɑdəsi/