Hope in the Time of Covid
Tuesday, February 2 at 12:15 pm
“A Religious Response to Randomness”
Rabbi Gordon Tucker, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement, JTS
Theodicy is the often unsatisfying effort to justify God’s action or inaction in the face of human suffering. An alternative to theodicy can be an acknowledgment that some — perhaps many — occurrences are radically contingent, i.e. random and uncontrolled. But this raises the question: Can a recognition of widespread contingency be integrated into a life of faith? Although randomness is usually very unsettling to us, we will find support, from biblical, rabbinic, philosophical, and literary texts, for reaching a hopeful answer to this question.
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