Evil and the Justice of God

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Merit Award, 2007 Christianity Today Theology/Ethics Book

With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media.

We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But, N. T. Wright says, we should not be surprised. For too long we have ...

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Overview

Merit Award, 2007 Christianity Today Theology/Ethics Book

With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media.

We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But, N. T. Wright says, we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it.

In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus' death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present?

These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Why does evil persist in a world created by a good God? And why does the church seem so feeble in counteracting evil? Wright, a New Testament scholar who is Anglican bishop of Durham, U.K., and author of several well-received volumes, including Jesus and the Victory of God, addresses these questions in a readable and compelling plea to renew the church's compassionate mission in these challenging times. While many look to secular institutions to fix society's problems, Wright counsels that Christians must envision what life will be like in the coming Kingdom, and then suggests ways in which they can help bring about that world-one where suffering and war are things of the past. Wright expresses godly concern and deep devotion, and offers a vision that he believes is workable even in the midst of so many problems. He sees the call to the church as an extension of God's call to Israel: to be a light to all the nations, a vessel of God's love to the whole world. Jesus, he insists, "articulates and models the call to Israel to be Israel." Wright calls upon the church to accept the challenge to represent God in the world in its service and its witness, and to reach out to those who are hurting. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834150
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 316,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N.T. Wright has written over thirty books, including Simply Christian, The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary, What Saint Paul Really Said, The Challenge of Jesus and The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. His magisterial work, Jesus and the Victory of God, is widely regarded as one of the most significant contributions to contemporary New Testament studies. His N.T. Wright For Everyone Series includes commentaries covering the whole New Testament.

Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world.

In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Evil Is Still a Four-Letter Word: The New Problem of Evil
The New Problem of Evil
The New Nihilism: Postmodernity
Towards a Nuanced View of Evil
Conclusion2. What Can God Do About Evil? Unjust World, Just God?
To Renew the Blessing
People of the Solution, People of the Problem
My Servant Israel, My Servant Job
Conclusion3. Evil and the Crucified God
Rereading the Gospels
Jesus Dealing with Evil
Early Christian View of Evil's Defeat
Results: Atonement and the Problem of Evil4. Imagine There's No Evil: God's Promise of a World Set Free
Interlude: Naming the Powers
World Without Evil
The Intermediate Tasks
Educating the Imagination
Conclusion5. Deliver Us from Evil: Forgiving Myself, Forgiving Others
God's Final Victory over Evil
Forgiveness in the Present
Conclusion
Notes
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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