Unspeakable Facing up to the Challenge of Evil

ISBN-10: 0060833009
ISBN-13: 9780060833008
Edition: 2006
Authors: Os Guinness
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

We are still surprised by evil. From Auschwitz to the events of September 11, we have been shocked into recognizing the startling capacity for evil within the human heart. We now know 9/11 revealed that our country was unprepared in terms of national security, but it also showed we were intellectually and morally unprepared to deal with such a barbaric act. Our language to describe evil and our ethical will to resist it have grown uncertain and confused. Many who speak unabashedly of evil are dismissed as simplistic, oldfashioned, and out of tune with the realities of modern life. Yet we must have some kind of language to help us understand the pain and suffering at the heart of human experience. Author and speaker Os Guinness confronts our inability to understand evil let alone respond to it effectively by providing both a lexicon and a strategy for finding a way forward. Since 9/11, much public discussion has centered on the destructiveness of extremist religion. Guinness provocatively argues that this is far from an accurate picture and too easy an explanation. In this expansive exploration of both the causes of modern evil and solutions for the future, he faces our tragic recent past and our disturbing present with courageous honesty. In order to live an "examined life," Guinness writes, we must come to terms with our beliefs regarding evil and ultimately join the fight against it. Addressing individuals as well as a traumatized culture, Unspeakable is an invitation to explore the challenge of contemporary evil, a call to confront our culture of fear, and a journey to find words to come to terms with the unspeakable so that it will no longer leave us mute.

Os Guinness (DPhil, Oxford) is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Renaissance, The Global Public Square, A Free People's Suicide, Unspeakable, The Call, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he has addressed audiences worldwide from the British House of Commons to the U.S. Congress to the St. Petersburg Parliament. He founded the Trinity Forum and served as senior fellow there for fifteen years.Born in China to missionary parents, he is the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. After witnessing the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to England where he was educated and served as a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the U.S. in 1984, he has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of the Williamsburg Charter, celebrating the First Amendment, and has also been senior fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he drafted the Charter for Religious Freedom. He also co-authored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences.Guinness has had a lifelong passion to make sense of our extraordinary modern world and to stand between the worlds of scholarship and ordinary life, helping each to understand the other--particularly when advanced modern life touches on the profound issues of faith. He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.

Preface: No Stranger to Evil
Evil and the Examined Life
Where on Earth Does Evil Come From?
Brief as a Candle, Fragile as an Eggshell
What a Game of Chance Life Is
Our Greatest Enemy
What's So Right About a World So Wrong?
Why Me?
Where's God?
How Can I Stand It?
Are We Really Worse or Just Modern?
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Evil
Freedom's Tilt Toward Evil
Do the Differences Make a Difference?
Nirvana Is Not for Egos
I Do It My Way
People of the Crossed Sticks
Isn't There Something We Can Do?
The Problem with the World Is Me
The Politics of the Second Chance
The Courage to Stand
Why Can't I Know What I Need to Know?
Don't Know, Don't Say
Isn't There Any Good in All This Bad?
"Goddamnit!" and Other Unwitting Prayers
The Rainbow Through the Rain
Conclusion: But Not Through Me
Selected Bibliography

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