This is a fascinating analysis and response to the fundamental questions that face any believer today. Sadly becoming daily more topical, this book explores all aspects of evil - our contemporary and theological understanding, and the ways in which evil presents itself in society today. Fully grounded in the bible, Evil and the Justice of God is sparkling, erudite, provocative and particularly relevant in the wake of new global terror attacks. Accounts of cruelty, death and terrorism hit us every day. The phrase 'the axis of evil' resonates in our world, and evil seems to seep into all aspects of life. We are forced to ask fundamental questions about God and the nature of evil, which demand a theological resolution that is mature, profound and never glib. N. T. Wright explores these pivotal questions with a fresh and engaging approach, combining the virtues of detailed scholarship with an accessible style. He neither ducks the awkward, nor avoids the unpalatable, but instead offers a new, often surprising perspective in his search for a meaningful response to the problem of evil.
Tom Wright, until recently Bishop of Durham, is currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He is the author of over fifty books.
Table of Contents
1. 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