Job and the Problem of Suffering 11-28

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Job and the Problem of Suffering I. The Classical Problem of Suffering a. The Term: Theodicy i. “the righteousness/justice of God” ii. How can God be righteous given the state of this world? iii. How can the evil in this world be justified? b. The Logical Problem/ The Traditional Syllogism: i. God is all loving (and so does not want people to suffer) ii. God is all powerful (and so is able to prevent suffering) iii. There is suffering. c. How does one explain all three being true at once? i. Many see it as an unanswerable question, some deny one or two, or make up alternatives (God is not in control, evil forces are) ii. Is it possible to hold all three at once? … II. Biblical Answers a. Punishment for Sin b. Natural correlation of evil and suffering c. Redemptive Suffering d. The Forces of Evil and the Sovereignty of God e. Meaninglessness of Life (Ecclesiastes-Solomon) III. The Book of Job-wrestles with suffering the most a. Summary of its Contents i. Righteous man who suffers greatly ii. Not an Israelite, comes from the land of Uz (Edom) iii. One of the richest men in entire eastern world. Seven sons and daughters, many
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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