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Acquainted with Grief: Early Modern Feminist Conceptions of God, Evil, and Theodicy

Division of Research Programs

Stone sculpture of a woman in a flowing wimple at Rock Creek

Early Modern Women and the Problem of Evil examines the concept of theodicy—the attempt to reconcile divine perfection with the existence of evil—through the lens of early modern female scholars. Jill Graper Hernandez's volume knits together the perennial problem of defining evil with current scholarly interest in women’s roles in the evolution of religious philosophy.