Thursday, September 9, 2010
good & evil
1. "Hindu" means _______________; its central trinity of Gods consists of ______, ______, and ______ (the god of destruction); practitioners seek a state of blissful experience called _____, known to Buddhists as Nirvana.
2. "Brahman" means the ___________ beneath all appearances, supposedly knowable through mysticism, meditation, and ____.
3. It is mainly from Zoroastrianism that we inherit the problem of evil, the question of how needless suffering, pain, and death can exist if ____________________________.
4. (T/F) For the ancient Greeks, the idea of a world created ex nihilo-- from nothing-- was easy to grasp.
5. The Biblical book of Genesis attributes evil in the world to ____________.
6. (T/F) God's response to Job, in the Biblical account, resolves the problem of evil and accounts adequately for suffering in the world.
7. (T/F) The existence of a powerful, malevolent, satanic demon or "Devil" would be rationally compatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect God.
8. What's the worst, saddest, most painful or tragic thing you've ever experienced, or heard about? Do you believe it may have been "for the best"? Why (not)?