Update (May 28, 2012): The film can sometimes be found on YouTube. Search “god on trial ful movie” for results like this: http://youtu.be/f7XCnJBTfZM.
PBS’s “God on Trial” recounts an event that occurred in a concentration camp during World War II. From PBS:
Why is there so much suffering in the world and what kind of God would allow it to happen? Universal questions about faith and philosophy are at the heart of God on Trial, which was inspired by the legend that a group of concentration camp prisoners conducted a mock trial against the Almighty God. From all walks of life, a physicist, a glove maker, rabbis, a law professor and at least one criminal weigh the evidence and offer thoughtful arguments taken from history, science, theology and personal experience. …God on Trial explores unfathomable loss and unshakable faith.
I haven’t watched it yet, but I plan to. From what I’ve read on other Christian blogs, the movie is compelling. It is available online through Nov. 16 at PBS.org (see the “Watch Online” link in the sidebar).
Currently, I am reading Elie Wiesel’s Night with my students (I teach at a public high school). This is a tough topic. Do we, as creatures of God, have a right to question God? I haven’t formed an answer.
Additional background about the trial can be found here: Wiesel: Yes, we really did put God on trial.
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