I've asked a similar question before - but has anyone got thoughts on St. Ireneaus' theodicy? (Developed by Hick)
I feel, it's good in some ways i.e. it's a more positive theodicy compared to Augutsine - however totally contradicts the bible and christian traditions (in terms of his explanation of heaven)
I also think it's good as it has support from other philosophers and theories i.e. Peter Vardy (King and the peasant girl analogy) as well as the counter-factual theory.
Also it could be argued that the fact he blames evil on Freewill and that God had to leave humans imperfect in order to develop - could be overly positive i.e. those experiencing chronic mental illness may not consider suffering to be a gift of God to help - compared to someone who had just had a quick accident (for example)
Another idea - is that the idea of God causing evil/suffering fundamentally goes against christian tradition as they believe evil cannot be caused or be within an all loving God.
If anyone has any input or arguments please feel free to comment !!! Thank you.