Special Issue "The Book of Job: A Challenge for the Rationality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018)
‘Theodicy’ is an attempt to explain why an omnipotent and omnibenevolent deity permits the existence of evil and suffering in the world. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, whose God is supposed to be, in some way, a personal and perfectly good, have struggled with this problem over the centuries. A case in point is The Book of Job, which is often quoted as an authoritative source of discussion on theodicy. Job employs rationality both to own experience and to the arguments of the three friends. He rejects the rationality of retributive justice.
Besides its obvious religious significanse, The Book of Job is genuinely of philosophical interest for it represents a challenge to the rationality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Strangly, scholars have rarely addressed the significance of Job beyond the consideration of its theological and religious issues. But the Sixth International Workshop on Theology & Rationality met at Goethe University Frankfurt (Oct 01-03, 2017) to explore this issue in an effort to open up new vistas for research in this neglected area. The essays presented at this workshop relocate the question of the rationality of Job’s suffering within a larger philosophical and interreligious framework. Taken together, they offer a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis of The Book of Job as a challenge for the rationality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and substantiate the significance of this issue for current philosophy and future (inter-)religious thought and practice.
Prof. Dr. Bradley H. McLean
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- Book of Job