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The Book of Job

First Universalists Again Join Secular Bible Study!

In our 2012 First Universalist-Secular Bible Study joint series for Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 24, "The Book of Job",  1stU and SBS attendees will join SBS Member Lee Snetting  in exploring the question of human suffering.

The Book of Job may be the first written book of the Bible, older than Genesis. It has been called the most profound and literary work of the entire Old Testament. The Book of Job is a poetic attempt to do no less than address the problem of evil in the world –- the problem of reconciling the existence of human suffering and injustice with the existence of a loving and just God.

What insights is the author of the Book of Job trying to convey to us about our human condition? About the role of suffering and despair, temptation, fidelity, and providence? Of human understanding and forgiveness?

And how will religious and non-religious readers agree or disagree about ancient and contemporary perspectives on the story of Job?

Lee will guide 1stU-SBS attendees’ introduction to, readings of, and search for answers about this most mythic of Bible texts -- The Book of Job.

Don't miss it -- RSVP "YES" today! Or you'll suffer! :)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The group had a chance to touch on many related topics. I'm looking forward to the upcoming discussion meetings.

    January 12, 2012

  • Frank B.

    In our Jan 24 discussion, we'll share our own assumptions about:
    What's this book trying to tell us?
    Why's there so much suffering in this life?
    What does this book tell us about suffering?
    Might it be a feedback mechanism (for God or Reality)?
    What other purpose might suffering have?
    If God exists, is it His nature to test us?
    What's the nature of Evil?
    How do we reconcile the concept of Satan with that of a loving God?
    Why, if there's a God, did He create a Darwinian universe?

    January 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though I consider the writings in the bible are more informational, albeit spiritually guided, I was exposed to astute ideas/understandings I would may not have considered on my own. Most enlightening and enjoyable. I'll need until the 24th to process what I've heard.

    January 11, 2012

  • Frank B.

    Great dialogue! We discussed the changing role of "Satan" in the OT vs NT, the meaning of childhood suffering, the evolution of pantheism through monotheism (progressing toward what?), and whether if you were God (or a scientist), you'd make a Universe with pain and misery in it, or have an "out" through ensoulment, afterlives, and karma. Diverse and fun! More discussion is just 2 weeks away, on Jan 24! Be there!

    January 11, 2012

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