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From Suffering to God : Exploring our Images of God in the Light of Suffering - Santiago Sia

From Suffering to God

Exploring our Images of God in the Light of Suffering

Hardcover Published: 13th September 1994
ISBN: 9780333616383
Number Of Pages: 207

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'A splendid book! The authors give a moving account of a tragic aspect of our present human world. It is a scholarly, learned account.' - Charles Hartshorne, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin Does the reality of suffering disclose anything about God's nature? The authors address this fundamental question by reflecting on some theistic responses to the challenge of suffering. Taking seriously the persistence of theistic belief despite widespread suffering, they focus on the practical ways some believers deal with suffering: by 'suffering with those in affliction' and 'working for the liberation of those who are opposed.' They then investigate the possibility of describing God as 'co-sufferer' and 'liberator.' In their exploration they turn to literature, theology and philosophy and offer an interesting interpretation of the relationship between these disciplines. Part I contains literary and descriptive reflections on the experiences of certain theists faced with the reality of suffering. The authors present and analyse the concerns, fears and hopes expressed in the book of Job and selected poems by Hopkins, Vaughan, Donne and Herbert. They then try to show that an important challenge that needs to be investigated and met, given the presence of so much suffering in the world, is discovering the kind of God in whom we can credibly continue to believe. This question is developed theologically and philosophically in Part II. In developing some answers, the authors turn to Latin American liberation theology and Charles Hartshorne's process philosophy and offer a new synthesis of these two schools of thought. Their exploration is an interesting illustration of how literature, theology and philosophy can throw some light on an area of common concern.

Acknowledgements
Before Another Dawn
Introductionp. 1
From Suffering...: Reflecting on Our Experiences of Sufferingp. 17
Reflections on Job's and Hopkins' Questionp. 19
Literary Meditations on Death and Christian Hopep. 33
What Kind of God?: An Inquiry Into the Challenge of Sufferingp. 54
...To God: Conceptualising Our Images of Godp. 73
The Task of Describing Godp. 75
The Concept of an Immutable Godp. 88
Reformulating the Meaning of God's Compassionate Lovep. 107
Participating in God's Liberative Actp. 124
Some Concluding Remarksp. 141
Endnotesp. 149
Select Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780333616383
ISBN-10: 0333616383
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 13th September 1994
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1