On September 8, 2008 I gave a lecture at the University of California Berkeley. The lecture was titled “God’s Problem and Human Solutions: How the Bible Explains Suffering.” It was part of the Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul.
It is an interesting lecture series. Established in 1928 by Edith Zweybruck, The series is devoted to lectures that in the words of the founding document) are to be “on the immortality of the soul or other kindred subjects. Such lecture is not to form a part of the regular college course and shall be delivered by some person especially qualified therefore and especially appointed for the purpose.” My lecture does not, obviously, deal with directly with the question of immortality, but with another question of deep importance, suffering.
I was introduced on the occasion by a very fine scholar of Christianity in Late Antiquity, whom I have known for years, Susanna Elm, Professor in the Department of History, UC Berkeley.
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