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Theodicy and the Idolatry of “Free Choice”

Theodicy and the Idolatry of “Free Choice”

Atheism, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, faith, Grief, Human Condition, Ideology, mind, monotheism, Pain and Suffering, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theodicy, Thinking
Before I even begin this post, I want to say explicitly what should be obvious from the first paragraph:  my critique of theodicy is aimed exclusively at Christian theodicy. Jewish theodicy -- and theology -- is a whole separate matter. Jewish theodicy is much less prone than its Christian counterpart to knee-jerk-ingly validate God's actions in the world. This is especially true of Jewish theologians and writers who reflect on the Holocaust:  Richard Rubinstein, Emil Fackenheim, Eliezer Berkovits, David Blumenthal, Zachary Braiterman, Elie Wiesel, et al., none of whom ever let God off the hook.  Even with comparatively honest Christian theologians like Philip Yancey (Disappointment with God, Where is God when It Hurts?, et al.), you just know God is going to be exonerated in the end. Even