The Challenge of Evil: Grace and the Problem of Suffering

The Challenge of Evil: Grace and the Problem of Suffering

by William Greenway

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Overview

Belief in God in the face of suffering is one of the most intractable problems of Christian theology. Many respond to the spiritual challenge of evil by ignoring it, blaming God, or insisting on the inherent meaninglessness of life. In this book, William Greenway contends that we don't have to deny our moral selves by either ignoring evil or abandoning our moral sensibilities toward it. We can open our eyes fully to suffering and evil, and our own complicity in them. We can do so because it is only in this full acceptance of the world's guilt and our own that we make ourselves fully open to agape, to being seized by love of others and God. Inspired by the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and the Christian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Challenge of Evil lovingly explains how we can look squarely at the overwhelming suffering in the world and still, by grace, have faith in a good and loving God.

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ISBN-13: 9780664262341
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

William Greenway is Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense and For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis.

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