30.01 Outline (pps.16-20)
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For purposes of discussion, we divide traditional Jewish responses into seven major groupings. Many of these theodicies appear in related form in non-Jewish traditions.
I. Finite man cannot comprehend infinite God’s ways.
II. Man is punished for his sins, failings.
III. Hester Panim (God’s Hiding of the Face).
IV. Other mainstream traditional responses
V. Man is free.
VI. Kabbalistic responses.
VII. There currently is no answer.
Group I. Finite man cannot comprehend infinite God’s ways.
The underlying implicit theme of this group is that the universe is somehow better with apparent evil in it.47
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47 Cited in Schlesinger, “Logical Analysis and the Beliefs of an Orthodox Jew.” A somewhat related talmudic philosophy is gam zo l’tovah (“this too is for a good purpose”).
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