Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 264 pages
Can we defend God's love, goodness, and power in a world scarred by violence and suffering? Do we need to? Traditional attempts to explain the problem of evil have mostly seen it as a philosophical and theological task. In this book John Swinton reminds readers that the experience of evil and suffering precedes pontification on its origin. Raging with Compassion seeks to inspire fresh Christian responses and modes of practice in our broken, fallen world.
 

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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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