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Giovanni Boccaccio

The Plague and Theodicy

The appearance of the plague brought with it a radical shift in the very fabric of society.  With some death statistics measured as high as one out of every three people in some regions, the losses impacted agriculture, economics, and family dynamics.  But the church was also affected as clergy and communities suffering the devastation of the plague struggled for survival and wrestled with questions of theodicy writ large in the unprecedented scale of suffering.

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