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Temple Judea hosts Pulitzer Prize-nominated author

Temple Judea of Bucks County’s Adult Education Committee will present a talk at 1 p.m. April 14, by congregant and professor emerita of philosophy Abigail L. Rosenthal that is open to the public.

Titled “God and the Care for One’s Story,” her talk is based on a chapter in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, “A Good Look at Evil,” published by Wipf & Stock of Eugene, Ore.

Temple University Press published an earlier version of the same title in 1987. In that chapter, Rosenthal shares a few occasions in her own life in which it seemed as if divine intervention occurred, including when she refused to cast a vote for a candidate for department chairman whom she felt was unqualified. Her “no” vote led to a seven-year period of career volatility that ended with an unexpected heavenly twist.

“Having suitable care for one’s life story includes recognizing good and evil where they occur in ordinary circumstances, not just in the history books or the headlines,” she said. “Dramatic choices do visit our lives, and miracles are not confined to Bible stories. To recognize the hand of Providence is not the only sensible view to take of a significant coincidence, but it can be the most reasonable view.”

Rosenthal, who is also known as Abigail Martin, is a Doylestown resident who taught at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Bagels and coffee will be available at 12:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested. Temple Judea is at 38 Rogers Road, Furlong. Contact Temple Judea at 215-348-5022 or