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Holocaust Theology : A Reader. Dan Cohn-Sherbok, 16 Mar 2009
An excellent review of the literature focusing on Jewish and Christian theological responses to the Shoa.Incorporates a wide diversity of viewpoints from those who state that there are no fundamental grounds for significantly modifying the traditions to those for whom the only rational response is the death of God.Working through the reader is essential to get a feel for the complexity of the issues. Cohn-Sherbok's stance, modified since earlier work,is that theological difficulty arises from continuing to try to square the circle of how an "omnipotent and benevolent deity, a loving father of all humanity" could allow the horrors of the Holocaust. Rather than trying to hang on to the traditional attributes of God, one should accept that the "Divine lies beyond human comprehension". We are then faced by a mystery rather than a problem.I found his argument compelling.There are differing views as to the uniqueness of the Holocaust: was it different in kind to anything before or since, or was it the scale that singles it out? For what it is worth I tend towards the former. None the less I am astonished that theology can be "done" today without addressing the implications of the events of 1933-45.