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Sixth & I

Oh, for God’s Sake: Belief in a World of Suffering

May 14, 2020 • 12:00 pm
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Participants will receive a Zoom link to the virtual class in their confirmation email and again via email at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 14.

Why do bad things happen to good people? What does it mean to believe in, not believe in, or be angry with God during a time of great suffering and death? These are the big questions that humans have always grappled with, particularly in times of uncertainty.

In this class with Rabbi Jesse, we won’t be able to answer them definitively (who ever has?), but we will tap into the unique approach to them that comes from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Job, a story that has been called “the greatest poem of all time.” We’ll take a look at this astonishingly subversive text that offers ideas on how to balance the best of human values with radical honesty, and a commitment to speaking truth to power about belief in what God is and isn’t.