Reading Guide Theodicy and Islam

Reading Guide Theodicy and Islam - Chapter 8: Theodicy or...

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Chapter 8: Theodicy or Explaining Evil Kessler, pp. 159-171, 179-81 Focus on 159-62, 164-66, 179-181 (Skip Karma case, comparison and Karmic theodicies) Review 169-171. 3-5 Key Terms: What does theodicy mean? What does it do for people? (throughout chapter, collect different ways people use theodicy) What is the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam? (164) What does Kessler say was the motivation of those fighting with the Mahdists in Sudan?(165-66) What role does religion play in this conflict? What role do class issues and colonialism play? How is suffering related to theodicies? (179) How do theodicies become plausible to people? (179) Describe Kessler’s explanations. Can you think of other ways? Do you find the anti-theodicies convincing? Can you imagine a situation in which either of those would be plausible? What kinds of situations?
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Kessler, pp. 210-17 How does Osama bin Laden view the world? How does his religion influence that view? What does “jihad” mean to Osama bin Laden? How is this different
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