Explores the work of post-Holocaust Jewish and Christian thinkers who reject theodicy—arguments explaining why a loving God can permit evil and suffering in the world.
Beyond Theodicy analyzes the rising tide of objections to explanations and justifications for why God permits evil and suffering in the world. In response to the Holocaust, striking parallels have emerged between major Jewish and Christian thinkers centering on practical faith approaches that offer meaning within suffering. Author Sarah K. Pinnock focuses on Jewish thinkers Martin Buber and Ernst Bloch and Christian thinkers Gabriel Marcel and Johann Baptist Metz to present two diverse rejections of theodicy, one existential, represented by Buber and Marcel, and one political, represented by Bloch and Metz. Pinnock interweaves the disciplines of philosophy of religion, post-Holocaust thought, and liberation theology to formulate a dynamic vision of religious hope and resistance.
Sarah K. Pinnock is Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University.
"Readers will appreciate the careful exposition … the crisp distinctions … and Pinnock's own astute theological judgments. " — Religious Studies Review
"Pinnock's study of post-Holocaust (anti-) theodicy is a useful discussion for students and scholars alike. As a comparative study, this book is an important contribution to Christian-Jewish relations, explicating the convergence and difference of Jewish and Christian (anti-) theodicies. " — Journal of Religion and Society
"I like the fact that the book extends the sorts of questions being asked by some Anglo-American philosophers of religion/theologians to European authors. The questions surrounding the legitimacy of theoretical theodicy as done by theologians do have some European analogues, but this book makes this much more explicit. The book is careful and competent in its exposition and in its nuanced judgments about the preferability of 'political' over 'existential' approaches to confronting and coping with evils. Its chapter on cold and warm stream Marxism is especially clear and unexpectedly useful. " — Terrence W. Tilley, author of The Evils of Theodicy
"This book works very well as an introduction to the various figures studied—Marcel, Buber, Bloch, and Metz—and as an introductory survey of the practical approach to questions of suffering and injustice. " — Kathryn Tanner, author of Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology