Raging with Compassion Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

ISBN-10: 080282997X

ISBN-13: 9780802829979

Edition: 2007

Authors: John Swinton
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Description: 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 fascinating take on theodicy, John Swinton reminds readers that the experience of evil and suffering precedes pontification on its origin. In "Raging with Compassion" Swinton argues for a practical theodicy, one embodied in the life and practices of the Christian community. This practicality does not seek to provide an explanation for the existence of evil, but rather presents ways in which evil and suffering can be resisted and transformed. This, he insists, will enable Christians to live faithfully with unanswered questions as they await God's redemption of the whole creation. Swinton explores essential practices of redemption -- lament, forgiveness, thoughtfulness, hospitality, and friendship -- drawing out their practical implications for the faithful resistance of evil. Enhanced by case studies from current events and by Swinton's own experience as a pastor and mental health nurse, this book seeks to inspire fresh questions about the Christian traditions, as well as new responses and modes of practice to our broken, fallen world.

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

John Swinton, Ph.D., B.D., R.M.N., R.N.M.H. worked as a nurse for sixteen years, specializing in the areas of psychiatry and learning disability. He also spent a number of years working in the field of hospital chaplaincy, most recently as a community psychiatric chaplain. He now lectures in practical theology in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

The problem with the problem of evil : pastoral perspectives
The problem with the problem of evil : from philosophical to practical theodicy
Defining evil
From theodicy to resistance : developing the practices of redemption
Why me, Lord ... why me? : the practice of lament as resistance and deliverance
Battling monsters and resurrecting persons : practicing forgiveness in the face of radical evil
Practicing thoughtfulness : what are people for?
Friendship, strangeness, and hospitable communities
Conclusion : practicing faithfulness in the face of evil
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