R606 Fall 2018 Speaking of God after the Holocaust
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 17–Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29–Nov.5
(No class Oct. 8 or Oct. 22)
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Instructor: Reverend Elisabeth Williams
We will explore how theologies of Judaism and Christianity changed after the Holocaust. Three sets of issues faced both religions’ theologies: How do we speak of God now? How do we rid ourselves of anti-Semitism? And how do we respond to the unique evil of the Holocaust? We will delve into a variety of theologies which emerged in the 20th century as we wrestled with the question of where God was during the Holocaust. Our discussions will then consider the ways those theologies are still relevant today as we continue to ask where God is wherever there is suffering.
Reverend Beth Williams is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as a co-pastor at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary with a specialty in biblical studies.