Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Evil is a gruesome sight to behold. It can be found, among other places, in the Holocaust and its systematic slaughter of millions. It is the stench of death choking the air of Buchenwald and Auschwitz. It is God and the little boy gripped in their death throes upon the gallows. In a world following the holocaust, we are challenged, more than ever before, to reconcile the existence of the traditional Judeo-Christian God with the experience of sheer, incomprehensible evil. How could an omnipotent, omniscient, and wholly good God, if He exists, allow this cruelty to take place against his beloved chosen people? These two images of the powerful and loving God and the child painfully succumbing to death are so in conflict with one another. If left unexamined, they can provide nothing but emptiness and bewilderment.
Year of Submission
Department of Philosophy and Religion
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2007 Wei-erh Chen
Chen, Wei-erh, "Post Holocaust Theodicies: Contemporary Solutions to the Problem of Evil" (2007). Honors Program Theses. 654.