29th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture
- "Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do Justly?" (Genesis 18.23)
- Presented by Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D
- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7.)
- W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.
Early in the Bible it is the first theological question raised by the first Jew. If God is all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing, why do the innocent suffer? How can we reconcile these divine attributes with the stark reality of evil? Two other Jews provided radical but honest answers: Job and Baruch Spinoza, both unjustifiably victimized. We will examine the question and explore their cogent answers.
Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D, has long enlightened audiences and fueled community dialogue with his thought-provoking lectures on some of the most important topics in the Jewish culture and faith. This year, he will consult the wisdom of Abraham, Job and philosopher Baruch Spinoza to reflect upon the timeless problem of evil. Doors open at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation.
The event will be free and open to the public, but registration is requested, to assist us with the planning of the event and to facilitate seating. Registration will open in January. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations will be needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to March 24.
The 29th annual Brown-Lyons Lecture is sponsored by the VCU Friends of the Library, the VCU Center for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Weinstein JCC.
About the Speaker
Jack D. Spiro holds the Harry Lyons Distinguished Chair in Judaic Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also director of the VCU Center for Judaic Studies and editor of its online publication, Menorah Review. He has earned two doctorates from the Hebrew Union College and the University of Virginia. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 30 books and written numerous articles.