Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College

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Religion 232. Faith after the Holocaust

The death of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators in World War II represents a radical challenge to faith in Judaism, in Christianity and in Western humanism. The course begins with an historical overview of the Holocaust and then uses literature of Holocaust survivors and the philosophical and theological response of Jewish and Christian authors to articulate the challenge of the Holocaust to faith. The course concludes with a discussion of the implications of the Holocaust for Western culture. Because the questions that this course explores are highly varied and defy simple answers, a variety of disciplines, texts and media will be employed, including films and outside experts.