A-1 Evolution and Theodicy: A Study on Models of Evolutionary Theodicy

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CONFERENCE: Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarship

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Rodrigues, Adriani Milli
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Although the best theodicean arguments are usually based on eschatology, a legitimate theodicy needs to draw connections between God’s purposes as creator and God’s purposes as redeemer. However, it seems difficult to see the divine purpose in creation from an evolutionary perspective, since the very process that produces life is characterized by pain, suffering, and death. Based on a description of specific models of evolutionary theodicy, this study argues that the consistency of this theodicy is challenged by the incompatibility of its conception of God as creator and God as redeemer.