By this point in the novel, after two trials and an education in ancient
and modern political science, this word may be thought to carry large
public as well as private associations. But in this context they are
theological as well, invoking the notion of a theodicy (from Greek
theou dike), a justification of God, which is Milton's announced purpose for
Paradise Lost: that is, to "justify the ways of God to men" (I.26).