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Theodicy Slideshow Final

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Why Do Bad Things Happen?
In the World?In my Life?An exploration of
Theodicy
 
with Dan Medwin for Mishpacha at Or Ami
 
A vindication of the divine attributes, especially justice and holiness, in respect to the existence of evil. -
Oxford English Dictionary
• Theodicy is a branch of theology that studies how the existence of a good or benevolent God is reconciled with the existence of evil. -
Wikipedia
• In other words, why would a good God let bad things happen? Or if bad things happen, how can God be good?
Theodicy
(n) thee-ah-duh-see
/
 
Theodicy
asks:
 
What is God’s role when bad things happen?
Some Jewish texts suggest that bad things come from God:
• “I
form light and create darkness, I make peace and create woe - I, Adonai, do all these things.”
 
- Isaiah 45:7 
• “G
ood and bad, life and death, poverty and wealth come from God.”
-
 Ben Sira*, 11:14
* An apocryphal book, written at the same time as some of the later books of the Bible, often quoted in Talmudic and other Rabbinic writings.

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