7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 22
The Problem of Evil in Biblical, Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Judaism
The problem of evil asks, “If God is all powerful and all good, how can innocent people be allowed to suffer?” Biblical and rabbinic sources and the kabbalistic creation story suggest three different responses that appear to be at odds with each other. We will look at these sources together, consider how they can be read as a response to the problem of evil, and discuss the value of each of the three responses for people undergoing different kinds of suffering.
JRC members no charge; non-members $12
About the Presenter
Miriam Attia is a doctoral student in religious ethics at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. She received a BA from Stanford in Religious Studies and Philosophy and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union in Jewish Studies. She works on the ethical implications of popular theologies of suffering and of attitudes toward religious authority in the U.S.