A review of harold kushners book when bad things happen to good people

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For instance, if the weather conditions are right, a tornado occurs and people might get hurt or killed. So why not cut it out and recognise that your personal divine revelation is merely a justification for uninformed and irrational prejudice? God rewarded and protected good and punished evil. The Arabic scholars al-Farabi and Avicenna introduced Greek thought into Islam as early as the late 10th century. Rather that influencing God to choose one outcome over another — there is nothing God can do — prayer brings families and communities closer together. Only in the last 20 years, however, has a positive theology which avoids the Greek presumptions been forthcoming. But beyond that lies his courageous accomplishment in recognising that the logic that created his dilemma is neither Hebrew nor Christian but pagan and may be dispensed with as a source of unnecessary confusion and unwarranted pain in authentic Judaic thought. Claiming sole power to solve all human problems, he needs to be cajoled into using it and then he does so often only grudgingly. He cannot command or control them. God is far too complex and strange to be captured definitively by words and an ancient dialectical rhetoric. In the New Testament the situation becomes downright scandalous: Jesus demonstrates that he can heal the lame, the blind, and the sick at will. I find the most compelling of these to be that of the Weakness of God whose principle champion is John Caputo. He's forced to misread texts, such as Job , which he perversely views as a confession of divine inadequacy it's not easy being God , or Genesis , where Kushner has God speaking to the animals and creating man partly in their image. Consequently for centuries astronomical researchers refused to consider any other trajectory for the planets around the sun. So Kushner is neither insulting to God nor bad at theology.

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A review of harold kushners book when bad things happen to good people

But to find him credible, you will have to be devout or, in William James' term, tender-minded enough to agonize over the suffering of the ""righteous. But God does not need defending from anyone, especially not from people like Rabbi Kushner. Unfortunately, everyone will have to deal with hardships sometime during their lives. God had the power to make anything happen. And his power, although beyond the human, is not infinite. Hardly an endorsement for Greek perfectionism. Claiming sole power to solve all human problems, he needs to be cajoled into using it and then he does so often only grudgingly. He would like to eliminate suffering, but He can't. He cannot prevent good people from being killed in a home invasion or a terrorist attack when bad people decide to strike out and hurt others. He gives us the strength to cope with the problem.

For instance, if the weather conditions are right, a tornado occurs and people might get hurt or killed. Given the unsavoury and thinly veiled anti-Semitic character of your remarks, I have little doubt that you and your co-religionists would slip once again into active persecution if you only had the political power to do so.

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Thank you! The untoward influence of Greek philosophy on Judaeo-Christian theology has been recognised and repeatedly documented over the last century.

This is the precise formula used by all fundamentalists - militant Islamicists, radical Buddhists, and American Evangelicals - to characterise their targets. This would be fine, if Kushner were taking his arguments from Alfred North Whitehead and not from the Bible.

After much thinking and studying, Kushner came to the conclusion that God is not omnipotent and cannot meddle in day-to-day affairs.

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This seems to me not only comforting but theologically satisfying. After much thinking and studying, Kushner came to the conclusion that God is not omnipotent and cannot meddle in day-to-day affairs. But God does not need defending from anyone, especially not from people like Rabbi Kushner. God had the power to make anything happen. Hardly an endorsement for Greek perfectionism. So Kushner doesn't offer--nor does he accept--any cheap consolation. So why not cut it out and recognise that your personal divine revelation is merely a justification for uninformed and irrational prejudice? In the New Testament the situation becomes downright scandalous: Jesus demonstrates that he can heal the lame, the blind, and the sick at will. The concepts of divine perfection - omniscience, omnipotence, etc. Progeria is a devastating disease that causes rapid aging.
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