Friday, November 17, 2023

When Bad Things Happen

Some agnostics or atheists might treat “faith healing” as an oxymoron. Christian Science is another oxymoron. What’s scientific about Christianity? The answer to these conundrums lies in enjoying the benefits of belief while understanding the dubiety of its reaches. The late rabbi Howard S. Kushner author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People was challenged when his child died of progeria—a condition of premature aging. Holocaust survivors routinely ask “where was god?” The answer is that God is with you as you navigate the shoals of being. Faith, in Kushner’s paradigm, lies not in a quid pro quo but in an understanding of a spiritual territory and power.

read the review of Francis Levy's The Kafka Studies Department in Booklife

and listen to this rendition of "Something is Wrong With My Baby" (1967) by Sam and Dave

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