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

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

by Jon Sobrino, Margaret Wilde
 

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ISBN-10: 1570755663

ISBN-13: 9781570755668

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Orbis Books

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570755668
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
677,470
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue to the English Edition: The Empire and Godvii
The Empireviii
Godxiv
The Empire's Clay Feet and the Power of the Crossxix
A Closing Wordxx
Introductionxxiii
Forgetting and Manipulating Tragediesxxiii
Who We Human Beings Are, Who God Is, What Brings Salvationxxvi
A Word from El Salvadorxxxiii
1First Reflections after the Earthquake1
The Tragedy of the Poor2
The Injustice That Shapes Our World3
The Saintliness of Living5
The Primordial Demand: To Be Affected by Tragedy7
Where Is God in the Earthquake9
Is Hope Dying in El Salvador10
2The Earthquake Seen from the Christian Perspective12
The Battle of Definitions: What Is an Earthquake?13
The Historical Element of the Christian View15
The Transcendent Element of the Christian View23
3Being Honest toward Reality29
Deficit in the "Will to Truth"30
The Lie and the Truth in the Christian Tradition37
4The Crucified People49
The Sinfulness of Reality49
Iniquitous Poverty: The Destruction of "Home"53
Iniquitous Inequality: Comparative Harm59
The Christian Tradition: Poverty, Inequality, and Injustice62
The Unconcealable Sin67
5Primordial Saintliness71
Primordial Saintliness and Primordial martyrdom71
Primordial Saintliness and Solidarity: "Supporting One Another"89
Primary Saintliness and the Civilization of Poverty98
Appendix on "Countercultural Goodness"102
6Terrorism and Barbarity: New York and Afghanistan106
The Ultimacy of the Human: Suffering and Compassion109
The Will to Truth: The Greater Truth112
The Utopia of Reconciliation: Brotherhood Between Manhattan and El Salvador119
7Where Is God and What Is God Doing in the Tragedies?124
Religious Fanaticism and the God of Life126
Theodicy and the Crucified God137
Epilogue: Redemption and Utopia147
Redemption: "What Is Not Assumed, Is Not Saved"147
Utopia: "To Make Life Possible"150
Index153

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