The Wisdom and Power of This World Only?
HNSM 453 - The Wisdom and Power of This World Only?3 hours To what extent can human beings, individually or together, control the course of history? Must men and women use all human means, including coercion and violence, to right the wrongs of this world and to protect themselves and others? Or is there available to humanity some sort of otherworldly wisdom and power in suffering that, as Saint Paul wrote, is “folly to the Greeks?” Is there, as one theologian suggests, sometimes a “grace of doing nothing” when others suffer? Or would we be obliged to battle injustice even if, in the words taken from a famous treatise on war and peace, “God did not exist or took no interest in the affairs of men?” In this seminar, we will join in conversation with extraordinary writers who have explored such questions in unusual depth.