The Almighty Father—Put to the Test of the Problem of Evil

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, July 8th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Almighty Father—Put to the Test of the Problem of Evil” by Jean-Pierre Batut from God and the Crisis of Meaning (Volume 48.3).

We will meet at Newman House (329 Gordon Street, Guelph, parking off of Dean Avenue) with a BBQ to follow (meat, veggie and fish burgers on the menu).

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
In “The Almighty Father—Put to the Test of the Problem of Evil,” Jean-Pierre Batut reflects on the problem of the relationship between the evils we suffer and the sins we commit. He acknowledges, as Christ teaches, that many of the worst evils we undergo are not a direct effect of personal sin, much less a direct punishment for these transgressions on the part of God. Nevertheless, Batut encourages us not to forget, especially in our evaluation of events like the coronavirus pandemic, that catastrophe can be a means of divine chastisement, which is ultimately ordered toward liberating man from sin and death. “In accompanying human history with his divine providence, God does not intervene in it as a deus ex machina but through the human free wills to which he appeals.”

It will be hybrid meeting. If you are joining us in person, please note that masks are optional when not distancing in doors during the meeting.

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