In the study of religion, it is important to distinguish broadly between two forms of theodicy: theoretical and practical. Both forms address the fundamental concern of all theodicy, "the justice of God," but they do so in different contexts and for different purposes.
"'The Lady and the Wench': A Practical Theodicy in Russian Literature," Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 37 (1981-1982), Nos. 1-2, pp. 69-76.