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Amidst mass atrocity and the rubble of theology : searching for a viable theodicy

Author: Peter Admirand
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is hubris to claim answers to unanswerable questions. Such questions, however--as part of their burden and worth--must still be asked, investigated, and contemplated. How there can be a loving, all-powerful God and a world stymied by suffering and evil is one of the unanswerable questions we must all struggle to answer, even as our responses are closer to gasps, silences, and further questions. More importantly,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Admirand
ISBN: 1610973062 9781610973069
OCLC Number: 783142376
Description: xxvi, 366 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Theology in an age of genocide --
pt. 1. Trauma, memory, and truth: testimonies of mass atrocity. Traumatic witnessing: depicting and interpreting mass atrocity --
Testimonies of mass atrocity --
pt. 2. Theodicy amongst doubt, despair, and destruction. Phillips's theism without theodicy --
John Paul II's Salvifici doloris --
McCord Adams: horror, but redemption for all --
Sobrino's praxic theodicy --
Gutiérrez's Job: God-talk from the dung heap --
The Jewish tradition of arguing with God --
Jewish post-Shoah theodicy and antitheodicy --
Testimonies of mass atrocity and theodicy: a dialogue --
Afterlife dilemmas: identity, atrocity, and divine embrace --
Five criteria for a viable theodicy --
Epilogue: Salvaging faith amidst the rubble: a fractured, but viable theodicy.
Responsibility: Peter Admirand ; foreword by David B. Burrell.

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It is hubris to claim answers to unanswerable questions. Such questions, however--as part of their burden and worth--must still be asked, investigated, and contemplated. How there can be a loving, all-powerful God and a world stymied by suffering and evil is one of the unanswerable questions we must all struggle to answer, even as our responses are closer to gasps, silences, and further questions. More importantly, how and whether one articulates a response will have deep, lasting repercussions for any belief in God and in our judgments upon one another. Throughout this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary work, Peter Admirand draws upon his extensive research and background in theology and testimonial literature, trauma and genocide studies, cultural studies, philosophy of religion, interreligious studies, and systematic theology. As David Burrell writes in the Foreword: ". . .[T]he work's intricate structure, organization, and development will lead us to appreciate that the best one can settle for is a fractured faith built on a fractured theodicy, expressed in a language explicitly fragmented, pluralist, and broken."

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