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Spirituality for the SkepticThe Thoughtful Love of life$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134672.001.0001

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Facing Up to Tragedy

Facing Up to Tragedy

(p.74) 5 Facing Up to Tragedy
Spirituality for the Skeptic

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

The concept of the tragic sense of life has dropped out of the contemporary sensibility, but tragedy, of course, continues. We deny tragedy by blaming, often the victim. The problem is traced back to Saint Augustine's “Problem of Evil,” which challenges the goodness and power of God in the face of apparently meaningless human suffering. The search for meaning is the ultimate problem of tragedy.

Keywords:   blame, evil, problem of evil, spirituality, tragedy, tragic sense of life

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