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    I was wondering if anyone studying Philosophy of Religion as part of their A2 Religious Studies could comment on the following (please ).

    I've been revising the Irenaen Theodicy and have been going through the strengths and criticisms of it. Now, as we know, the Irenaen Theodicy says that God deliberately created the world to be imperfect so that humans (made in his image) could grow into his likeness. Thus this proposition has been utilised to exonerate God of the responsibility for evil and suffering in the world.

    For one of my exam criticisms, I would like to say that the theodicy doesen't account of people who can't develop into God's likeness and people who can't mature and develop as a result of evil/suffering. I thought of writing something like:

    The Irenaean Theodicy doesn't account for those who don't have access to true human development, for example, the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, which involved the mass murder of million Jews. Indeed Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretary commented in 2003: "I realised that she (Sophie School - leader of a youth opposition movement) was killed the same year I started working for Hitler and that she was the same age as me. Then I really sensed that it was no excuse to be young, and that something could have been done".

    I thought about saying that the ideology (strongly imposed through propaganda through human free choice) prevented Traudl Junge from thinking coherently and for herself (she was brainwashed). Therefore the Nazi state was coercive and resulted in people not making constructive decisions for themselves. Like Traudl Junge didn't know what was going on and thus couldn't help. So the regime prevented human development and couldn't allow people to battle it out against evil.

    Another point - I thought it might be good to say that the theodicy and Hick's idea of the world being "A Vale of Soulmaking" is intrinsically offensive to those who suffered at the hands of the SS-Gestapo ridden state and indeed those who suffer today in dictatorships.

    Any good or just over-analysis?
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