The Shack has touched millions of readers with its portrayal of a compassionate God in the face of great evil. Many have identified with the main character's Great Sadness, the terrible burden of grief that often accompanies and follows a deep loss, for the Great Sadness is part of the human condition. And it compels us to ask, Where is God? Who is God?
Roger Olson, who has faced his own Great Sadness, finds a good deal of comfort in this much beloved, story as have so many others. Some may ask, however, Is God really like that? Is that really how God responds to evil? Can God be trusted?
Olson also views The Shack with a theologian's eye and finds much sound truth. He delves into many of the significant issues raised by the book such as forgiving those who have done us great evil, how God acts in the world, how God is three persons in one and what difference this makes to us. While he offers his own criticisms of the book, he largely finds the truth about God in The Shack.
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About the Author
Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversityand The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology.
He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with Stanley J. Grenz), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall).
Table of Contents
1. Why a Book About The Shack?
2. Where Is God in Senseless, Innocent Suffering?
3. Is God Really a Family of Three?
4. Is God in Charge but Not in Control?
5. What's Wrong with the World and Us?
6. Does God Forgive Everyone Unconditionally?
7. What Does God Want with Us?
8. Will Child Abusers Be in Heaven?
9. Isn't Jesus a Christian?
10. Where Is the Church in Experiencing God?
11. Is Trusting God All Sweetness and Light?
12. How Should We Respond to The Shack?
Study Guide to Finding God in the Shack