Facing evil: theological reflections

  • Gerrit Brand


This article suggests some possible responses, drawn from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, to Theo de Wit’s analysis of evil, narrativity and reconciliation. Itis argued, first, that the problem of evil is rightly seen, not as a question relatingincidentally to faith, but as an existential challenge arising from the human condition,to which the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition has sought, from its inception, toprovide answers. Secondly, that the theme of not downplaying evil, but facing it in itsfull reality, is central to this tradition, inter alia in the longing for, and expectation of,the resurrection of the dead as a way of approaching the unresolved problem of pastevil. Some related theological concepts and questions are also brought to bear on thequestions raised by De Wit.