Free Speech and Religion

Bad Things Do Happen to Good People

November 4, 2021  • Aspen Ideas to Go

We try our whole lives to avoid pain and suffering and when it does show up, we try to solve it. In her new book, “No Cure for Being Human,” religious scholar Kate Bowler says we try to out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. Truth is, bad things do happen to good people and if we’re going to tell the truth, we need one another. As someone who lives with cancer, Bowler knows first-hand about the everything-works-out fantasy common in American culture. She speaks with Adelle Banks, national reporter at Religion News Service, about her personal experiences with pain and grief and the role religion plays in dealing with suffering.

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