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The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness [Paperback]

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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586171054  
EAN  9781586171056  

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Making sense of human suffering is a challenge in every age, and many a person confronted with man's inhumanity to his fellow man has lost his faith in a good God. The Holocaust, in particular, because of the scope of its ruthlessness, has raised the question for modern man: "What kind of God allows the horrible and systematic murder of so many innocent people?" Quoting widely from Christian, Jewish and secular sources, Regis Martin makes an unflinching examination of this universal question on the meaning of suffering. By meditating on Christ's passion, death and descent into Hell, he asks us to consider anew the God who overcomes evil by plunging himself into the depths of human misery. The author presents the arguments of those who say that because of the Holocaust, and other such numerous horrors in history, all human discourse is suspended, including that which presumes the existence of a good and all-powerful God. He responds with a penetrating discussion of the deeper meaning of Christ's life, passion, death and resurrection in relation to human suffering, and then uses the examples of modern martyrs of the Holocaust such as Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe to show the meaning of the sacrifice of their lives and so many others in the larger context of Christ's self-emptying for the sake of others.

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The Suffering of Love is an answer to the question that has haunted so many anguished souls of our century. Where was God during the horror of the Holocaust? In a compelling blend of theology and literature, meditation and analysis, the author maintains that between the experience of Christs own abandonment on the Cross, the hellish desolation of Holy Saturday, and the strangled cry of human suffering, there exists the most profound kinship possible.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Regis Martin is a longtime Professor of Systematic Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. A graduate of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Professor Martin holds both a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology. He is the author of more than a half-dozen books including The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness (Ignatius Press, 2007). Professor Martin also writes for a variety of publications including The National Review, and is currently featured on EWTN along with Fr. Michael Scanlon and Dr. Scott Hahn in a popular, long-running series called Franciscan University Presents.

Regis Martin was born in 1946.

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the Holocaust and the Christian  Mar 30, 2008
The text is unique in its comparison of Christ's sufferings with the Holocaust experience of the Jews and particular Jews. I found it inspikring and at times embarrassing for myself as a Catholic....for the blindness and ignorance of one of the worst, if not the worst, expression of human violence and prejudice.
The Suffering of Love: Christ's Descent into the Hell of Human Hopelessness  May 13, 2007
I am a book worm and read a lot of books, but the title to this book was misleading. I didn't like the book at all, in fact, I only read 2 chapters and disgarded it entirely. It was very negative and didn't offer much hope in the world. The writer is obviously very jaded and pessimistic. I had thought that the book would be about Christ descending into Hell after he was crucified and about the rich man and Lazarus; sharing more insight into what happened while Christ had freed the spirits in prison. Such was not the case.

I'm not one to give negative feed back, and I would have never left this message if this site had not asked for my opinion.
Martin's best  Dec 28, 1999
Despite the weight of the material within, this book is most difficult to put down. Martin offers an insight into the mystery of Holy Saturday that could well be one of the most profound meditations I've come accross. Martin handles art and theology as they should be handled, as two visions of the same truth. It is an excellent book for spiritual reading during Lent. Dr. Martin is a fine scholar. I highly recommend it to all.
Exquisite attempt to probe the most ineffable mysteries!  Jun 5, 1998
Martin succeeds in his brave effort to explore the depths of the kenosis to which Christ dove in order to complete the Redemptive act. Dr. Martin's extensive documentation and the wise manner in which he stands on the shoulders of great theologians, poets and other literary masters provides for an uncommonly moving and profound piece of scholarship.

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