Sacred Scripture

Part 1D: The Mystery of Evil


The Mystery of Evil

Film Focus Point: Father James Martin, S.J., questions why a good God lets bad things happen, in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

Text Focus Point: Pages 136–137

Discussion Questions

  1. Job’s friends offered him explanations for his unfortunate circumstances. What reasons have you heard people give to explain the existence of evil today?

  2. Why do theologians refer to “the mystery of evil”? Why is evil mysterious?

  3. Which of the “easy answers” proposed by Fr. Martin have you heard before? Why does he call them “easy”? Why do they do more harm than good?

  4. What is Fr. Martin’s conclusion as to why a good God permits evil?

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