God's World, Good People, and Bad Things: An Interview with Rabbi Harold Kushner

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

In the same way, I don't believe that God wanted my son to be born with an incurable illness, not to punish him, not to punish me, not to inspire me to write a book that would comfort millions, a book I would otherwise not have been qualified to write.
MR: Most serious thinkers recognize that, before we begin using terms like "good" and "bad," we need to know what we mean by them. What do you mean by them? Is there a universal, transcendent law or standard of some sort by which good and bad are to be measured?RHK: At the very foundation of my religious faith is the conviction that God has built into the universe standards of good and evil as fixed as the laws of gravity and chemical reactions. Some of them (murder, harming children) we ...

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