Where Is God?: Earthquake, Terrorism, Barbarity, and Hope

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Jon Sobrino's latest book takes its starting point from tragedy and violence: a devastating earthquake in El Salvador, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq. The topic of suffering and death traditionally raised questions about the nature and existence of God. But for Sobrino the primary question is addressed to ourselves: Who are we human beings? What does it mean to be human in a world of inequality, injustice, and barbarism? In examining the cruelty ...
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Overview

Jon Sobrino's latest book takes its starting point from tragedy and violence: a devastating earthquake in El Salvador, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq. The topic of suffering and death traditionally raised questions about the nature and existence of God. But for Sobrino the primary question is addressed to ourselves: Who are we human beings? What does it mean to be human in a world of inequality, injustice, and barbarism? In examining the cruelty of history from the standpoint of the victims, Sobrino discerns a challenge not just to find meaning, but to answer a call to personal conversion, structural change, compassion, and solidarity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570755668
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 721,123
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue to the English edition : the empire and God
1 First reflections after the earthquake 1
2 The earthquake seen from the Christian perspective 12
3 Being honest toward reality 29
4 The crucified people 49
5 Primordial saintliness 71
6 Terrorism and barbarity : New York and Afghanistan 106
7 Where is God and what is God doing in the tragedies? 124
Epilogue : redemption and utopia 147
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