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Raging With Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil [Paperback]

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  080282997X  
EAN  9780802829979  


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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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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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John Swinton was born in 1829 and died in 1901.

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Synopsis from the author  Apr 10, 2008
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 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, "Raging with Compassion" seeks to inspire fresh Christian responses and modes of practice in our broken, fallen world.

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from book cover  Dec 7, 2007
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 the author reminds readers that the experience of evil and suffering precedes pontification on its origin. This book seeks to inspire fresh Christian responses and modes of practice in our broken, fallen world.
 

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