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Hipster Condensation of the Book of Job

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For Those Who Have Just Arrived: A Little Something for Keeping the Future in Perspective

A quick primer to life’s prospects:

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Albert Camus: The Absurd, Rebellion, Freedom, Passion, and Solidarity

Here’s Albert Camus from the “Myth of Sisyphus”: “I derive from the absurd three consequences: my revolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the sheer activity of consciousness, I transform in a rule of life what was an invitation to … Continue reading

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“A Brief for the Defense”: Jack Gilbert’s Great Theodicy Poem

A Brief for the Defense Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the mornings before summer … Continue reading

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“Problems with Elisha and the Two She Bears”: A YouTube Video by Santi Tafarella

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“It is right it should be so”? William Blake and the Problem of Suffering

In the below lines from “Auguries of Innocence” (written in the first decade of the 1800s) William Blake suggests that suffering and joy are necessarily woven together—and are, metaphorically, the clothing of the soul. But why suffering must accompany joy … Continue reading

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Question of the Day: Why Did God Let Mariana Bridi Suffer So Horrifically?

Why would God let a beautiful young woman go through the ordeal described below, and then also permit her to DIE, decimating the souls of her parents (who, by the way, live in poverty)? Her name was Mariana Bridi. What kind of a God … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

James Baldwin, in his short story, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957): [W]hile the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to … Continue reading

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“I don’t look back at the past with any distance. It’s more like experiencing everything over and over again”: A Woman’s Memory—and Dante’s “Inferno”

In Dante’s Inferno, the people in hell often seem to be experiencing recursive loops of suffering, forever reenacting—and recalling—the bad feelings that drove them to compulsively sin. So it is, in the Inferno, that the adulterous couple Paolo and Francesca … Continue reading

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Stuff Happens: Donald Rumsfeld, the Free Will Defense, and the Problem of Suffering

After the invasion of Iraq in April 2003, George Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, provided a free-will defense for the rampant street looting in Iraq. Why was it occurring, and why wasn’t the United States actively engaged in stopping it? Here’s Rumsfeld’s answer: Freedom’s … Continue reading

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George Carlin on God and the Problem of Suffering

In memory of George Carlin (1937-2008), that Prometheus who stole comedy-fire from frowning heaven, and brought it to earth, relieving humans, if for only an hour, of their suffering, wherever God would not or could not. In one of his stand-up routines he … Continue reading

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