Posts Tagged ‘theodicy’

Why bad things happen to good people: a Muslim evaluation

When it comes to theodicy, one cannot give a single answer that represents the absolute truth. Even if one were a theologian, one cannot simply claim that one knows why there is so much suffering in humanity and that God basically is the source of all the suffering on earth. But a Muslim intrinsically believes […]

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Why I Keep Coming Back, or: Hooked

This past semester, I completed an ethnographic project on a Sacred Harp singing group in the Boston area, motivated by one central question: what is it about this old-timey style of music with its archaic language, conservative Protestant theology, and downright depressing subject material that has managed to hook a bunch of largely progressive folks […]

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Dasani, Mayor Bloomberg, and Reverse Idolatry

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a five-part series on Dasani, an 11-year-old girl living in a homeless shelter in New York City. The series explicates the experience of New York City’s homeless population through the story of Dasani and her family. The series presents a picture of poverty that is not only […]

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After Auschwitz, What?

After Auschwitz, no theology: From the chimneys of the Vatican, white smoke rises — a sign the cardinals have chosen themselves a Pope. From the crematoria of Auschwitz, black smoke rises — a sign the conclave of Gods hasn’t yet chosen the Chosen People.1 –Yehuda Amichai   On Yom HaShoah, the Jewish day to mourn […]

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Where was God in Newtown?

Where was God in Newtown? Omid Safi attempts to give an answer. I agree with one half of his argument, that prayer is not what some folks think it is. However, I disagree on the nature of God. I think dealing with the disagreement will make the agreement clearer. Ustad Omid could not see God […]

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Is Rooting for Tim Tebow Kosher?

As an observant Jew (as well as a San Diegan who views the Denver Broncos as a rival), I have frequently found myself wondering how I ought to feel about Tebowmania.  For those who might have gone on hiatus from American culture over the past few months, Tim Tebow is a quarterback for the Denver […]

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Learning from Harry Potter

Today Evanna Lynch told the world that J.K. Rowling helped her recover from anorexia. The Toronto Sun reports that she composed a letter to Rowling to thank her for the books, which gave her hope, and particularly to thank her for the character of Luna Lovegood, who inspired her. Rowling wrote back, encouraging the young […]

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