a theological argument or doctrine that seeks to explain how the existence of evil in the world can be reconciled with the justice and goodness of God
Origin of theodicyFrench théodicée: coined by Leibniz (1710) ; from Classical Greek theos, god + dik?, justice
A vindication of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil.
Origin of theodicyAfter Essai de théodicée, a work by Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek dik&emacron;, order, right; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- A justification of a deity, or the attributes of a deity, especially in regard to the existence of evil and suffering in the world; a work or discourse justifying the ways of God.
From the French thÃ©odicÃ©e, from the Ancient Greek Î¸ÎµÏŒÏ‚ (theos, “god") + Î´Î¯ÎºÎ· (dikÄ“, “justice").