New PDF release: Evil and the justice of God

By Wright, Nicholas Thomas

ISBN-10: 0830833986

ISBN-13: 9780830833986

With each earthquake and warfare, figuring out the character of evil and our reaction to it turns into extra pressing. Evil is not any longer the fear simply of ministers and theologians but additionally of politicians and the media. We pay attention of kid abuse, ethnic detoxing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we're surprised. yet, theologian Wright says, we must always no longer be shocked. For too lengthy we've naively believed in the Read more...

summary: With each earthquake and warfare, figuring out the character of evil and our reaction to it turns into extra pressing. Evil isn't any longer the fear simply of ministers and theologians but additionally of politicians and the media. We listen of kid abuse, ethnic detoxing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we're stunned. yet, theologian Wright says, we should always no longer be shocked. For too lengthy we've naively believed within the sleek notion of human development. actually, evil is extra severe than both our tradition or our theology has intended. will we very likely envision an international during which we're introduced from evil? How may possibly we paintings towards this kind of destiny via prayer and justice within the present?--From writer description

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God has undertaken a plan: it is a daring and risky plan, involving God in so much ambiguity-one might almost say subterfuge-that he begins to look like a double agent, becoming compromised at many points in order to pull off the solution. The Old Testament symbols which speak of God's strategy for dealing with evil include the temple, where the regular sacrifices were a constant reminder of both sin and grace, and human kings, priests and prophets-particularly, as we saw, the figures of the Servant and the Son of Man, both of whom emerge at the point where Israel, the people who carry God's promise to deal with the world's evil, is itself overwhelmed by the weight and force of evil itself.

Jacob's descendants have multiplied and become slaves in Egypt. God hears the cry of his people and comes to deliver them-not all at once and not by a single flash of lightning, but in what by now is emerging as a characteristic pattern, through the call of an individual, and then another individual to work alongside the first. These individuals are, as the story highlights, flawed and sometimes muddled human beings who themselves need to be rebuked and even punished, but who bear and articulate God's promise and his fresh, saving word of freedom.

CONCLUSION There are literally dozens of things that could be said to conclude this whirlwind tour of the Old Testament's way of approaching the problem of evil, but I confine myself to four, the last of which opens up just a little further. We are still some way from the dragon of Revelation or even from the sinister figure whispering in Jesus' ear on the Mount of Temptation. And though no theory of this is offered, all humans appear to share in the problem-or virtually all; Ezekiel 14:14 lists Noah, Daniel and Job as the three most righteous men who ever lived, and we remind ourselves of Noah's drunkenness, Daniel's prayer of confession and job's hand across his mouth with nothing more to say in his own defense.

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