Suffering: A Test of Theological Method

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1982 - Religion - 130 pages
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How can an omnipotent God allow suffering and violence to pervade the world? Arthur McGill approaches this disturbing question by examining the concept of power that is violent, destructive, and dominative, and the power of God that is creative, totally open, self-giving, and expansive. Through consideration of power, McGill provides reflections on the nature of God's inner life in the Trinity and concludes that "service" characterizes God's relationship to the world, not "domination."

 

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Contents

Foreword by Paul Ramsey and William F May
7
Violence and Theology
19
DemonismThe Spiritual Reality of Our Day
34
Service as the Power of God
53
Selfgiving as the Inner Life of God
64
The Victory of Christ 8 3
83
Resting in Our Need
99
Love and Suffering 1 I 2
113
A Postscript on Theological Method
120
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Arthur C. McGill was the Bussey Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School. A distinguished philosopher and theologian, he also taught at Amherst College, Wesleyan University, and Princeton Univeristy.

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