Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering

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In the face of suffering, is it possible to believe in God? In this heartfelt and thoughtful new book, revered Catholic columnist Sidney Callahan answers yes, offering a reflection on suffering from a Christian perspective. Taking on C.S. Lewis and other traditional writers, she introduces the reader to new insights from fields such as the psychology of human emotion and evolutionary biology. Drawing from her own harrowing experience of a mother’s loss, she shows that Christians view suffering in a different way,...

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Overview

In the face of suffering, is it possible to believe in God? In this heartfelt and thoughtful new book, revered Catholic columnist Sidney Callahan answers yes, offering a reflection on suffering from a Christian perspective. Taking on C.S. Lewis and other traditional writers, she introduces the reader to new insights from fields such as the psychology of human emotion and evolutionary biology. Drawing from her own harrowing experience of a mother’s loss, she shows that Christians view suffering in a different way, with the expectation—in the face of all evidence to the contrary—that we are created to experience joy. Topics include Sept. 11, traditional justifications, a new story of God and creation, Jesus—man of sorrows, suffering and joy in Christian practice, the emotions, prayer, and transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824525668
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents


Suffering     1
Suffering as a Mystery     8
Suffering Defined and Described     9
Suffering Inflicted by Others     13
Self-Inflicted or Blameworthy Suffering     14
Torture as the Ultimate Suffering     15
Numbness and Affliction     17
Empathy and Suffering     19
The Uniqueness of Empathetic Suffering     20
Joy and Suffering     21
The Plan?     23
Popular Assumptions about Suffering in God's Plan     33
Cultural Views of God-Sent Suffering and Death     36
Catastrophic Collective Punishments from God?     38
Unsolved Contradictions     45
God and Creation     47
God Is Dead and Gone?     48
God's Love     52
Power     59
Secular Notes on Power     61
God's Love and Power in the Creation     63
Does God Suffer with Us?     70
Jesus Saves     76
Glad Tidings of Salvation in and through Jesus Christ     80
Christ's Fully Human Life     87
Jesus the Man of Joy     90
Jesus the Man of Sorrows     95
Jesus and Human Suffering     96
The Suffering of Jesus     99
The Risen Jesus and Suffering     112
Sharing in the Sufferings of Christ     115
Joy and Suffering Together     122
Suffering in Practice     123
The Problem of Glorifying Suffering     125
The Works of Mercy     128
Taking Up the Cross     130
Suffering as Creative?     132
Healing the Stigma of Victims     136
Jesus Prince of Peace     139
Rejoice Always     145
Joy     147
Sketching a Map of Joy     150
The Role of Positive Emotions     157
Joy and Altruism     163
Individual Differences     167
Distortions and Abuses of Joy     169
God and Joy     173
Prayer, Joy, and Suffering     176
What Is Prayer?     178
Prayers of Petition     182
Unanswered Prayers of Petition     185
Answered Prayers of Petition     190
The Life to Come     201
Suffering, Joy, and the Life to Come     202
Joy     215
Notes     217
Bibliography     225
Index      237
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