Are people born wicked?
Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?
So questions Glinda, the “good” witch in the wildly popular Broadway musical Wicked. Indeed, why do people do wicked things? and why is there evil in the first place? have been persistently disturbing questions asked by humans, religious and secular alike, in every time and place. Theodicy is the term coined by Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716) to describe the age old attempts to rationalize the goodness of a supreme deity in the face of the everywhere present evidence of suffering, terror, and tragedy.
Our library has added several recently published books that continue to try to come to terms with the problem of evil: