The Book of Job and the Role of Uncertainty in Religion and Law

Steven Goldberg

Georgetown University - Law Center (Deceased)

May 27, 2009

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 09-11

The Book of Job depicts the radical uncertainty that results when people try to comprehend God. Job has had an extraordinary influence on philosophy and literature, and its message on the limits of human knowledge has even been echoed in the words of great scientists. Surprisingly, however, it has had little influence on the rhetoric or approach of lawyers and judges. The legal profession, which confronts uncertain outcomes daily, has reduced uncertainty to a mundane calculation of odds, while ignoring the more fundamental idea of the unknown because that idea would paralyze legal work.

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Keywords: Book of Job, uncertainty, Graham Greene, Werner Heisenberg, Charles Evans Whittaker

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Date posted: May 27, 2009 ; Last revised: September 9, 2010

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Goldberg, Steven, The Book of Job and the Role of Uncertainty in Religion and Law (May 27, 2009). Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 09-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1410683

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