Tag Archives: human suffering

Searching for God in Suffering

Spiritual Sunday Like many, I am challenged by the Book of Job, which has provided the Old Testament reading for the past three Sundays. Of course, nothing is more baffling than why bad things happen to good people, at least if you believe in a benevolent deity. Milton grapples with this question when, in Paradise […]

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Why Poetry When Tsunamis Strike

Poetry seems inadequate to deal with large scale natural disasters but we turn to it anyway.

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