the·​od·​i·​cy | \ thē-ˈä-də-sē How to pronounce theodicy (audio) \
plural theodicies

Definition of theodicy

: defense of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil

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Recent Examples on the Web By Annie Dillard Published in 1974, Dillard’s diary of a year spent by Tinker Creek, which runs near Roanoke, Va., in the Blue Ridge Mountains, combines close observation with a philosophical inquiry about theodicy. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "21 new and classic books to keep you in touch with the natural world," 6 Apr. 2020 He’s written an odd little book, a hodgepodge of music criticism, theodicy, biography, exegesis, meditations on fatherhood, and musings on his own prison ministry. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Johnny Cash’s Gospel," 9 Feb. 2020 That mystery, rather too peremptorily stated in this story, is familiar in Trevor’s work, much of which could be read as problems in theodicy. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 In religion, theodicy is the branch of writing that tries to explain how a perfect god would nonetheless make our lives so painful. Wyatt Mason, New York Times, "How Emmanuel Carrère Reinvented Nonfiction," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of theodicy

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theodicy

modification of French théodicée, from théo- the- (from Latin theo-) + Greek dikē judgment, right — more at diction

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“Theodicy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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