Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 264 pages
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This book has focused on the dialectic between state construction and the political process in Pakistan in the first decade of its independence. Using Dependency Paradigm as the evaluation tool, it examines the international political and economic factors, which in alliance with the domestic and regional factors shaped the structure of the Pakistani state according to the interests of the players of the neo-colonial world in the Cold War era. The first decade of Pakistan's history (1947-1958) produced developments of great significance for the construction of the post-colonial state that needs to be examined in the context of Cold War era. It was during this period that democratic institutions were destroyed and authoritarianism was consolidated, which generated underdevelopment, and Pakistan took the shape of a 'client' state of the United States. These developments concluded in the first direct military rule in 1958, and since then the military intervention in political domain has become a permanent feature of Pakistan's life at the cost of evolution of civil society and participatory institutions. An analytical study of the formative years of Pakistan in the context of 'dependency paradigm' may provide new insights for understanding the broader issues of military intervention in politics and the authoritarian nature of the state and its links with underdevelopment in the Third World, particularly in South Asia.
 

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Contents

The Problem with the Problem of Evil Pastoral Perspectives
9
The Problem with the Problem of Evil From Philosophical to Practical Theodicy
30
Defining Evil
46
From Theodicy to Resistance Developing the Practices of Redemption
69
Why Me Lord Why Me? The Practice of Lament as Resistance and Deliverance
90
Battling Monsters and Resurrecting Persons Practicing Forgiveness in the Face of Radical Evil
130
Practicing Thoughtfulness What Are People For?
179
Friendship Strangeness and Hospitable Communities
213
Practicing Faithfulness in the Face of Evil
244
Bibliography
248
Index
256
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Page 23 - God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

About the author (2007)

John Swinton is professor of practical theology and pastoral care at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and founding director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability at Aberdeen. His other books include Spirituality and Mental Health Care, Resurrecting the Person, and From Bedlam to Shalom.

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