1. Respond to the following quotation: “The Holocaust shows not only that religious faith is untenable but also that life is absurd. A powerful and loving God could not create a world in which such events are possible. Religion is wishful thinking — ‘Fear created the first gods’ (Caecilius Statius, 2nd c. BCE). Moreover, life itself contradicts the most basic of human aspirations: to live without suffering and cruelty.” Etty herself discusses these issues, so in responding be sure to show that you know how Etty would reply to this kind of position.
2. Discuss Etty’s spiritual response to her challenges and comment on how this relates to the challenges we face today. How did she find meaning in life, what were her spiritual practices, how did she integrate these into her life, what effects did her faith have on the way she lived, and which, if any, of these practices would be suitable for you?
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