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Reclaiming Theodicy

Reflections on Suffering, Compassion and Spiritual Transformation

Reclaiming Theodicy by Michael Stoeber
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This book proposes a narrative of life within which one might understand suffering in relation to a personal God of ultimate power and love. It seeks to interpret suffering within a fundamentally compassionate and redemptive understanding of the Christian God. It explores various themes of theodicy - theology that defends God in the face of evil - creatively developing a distinction between transformative and destructive suffering. Some suffering has positive effects on people who struggle with it, but certain kinds of suffering are bitterly destructive. In response to such suffering, the book analyses the dynamics of human and divine compassion. It suggests basic principles toward developing a politics of compassion and illustrates how various spiritual experiences of God are healing and life-giving. Within a religious view that stresses compassion, healing and spiritual growth, the book also explores the relevance of the ideas of heaven, hell, purgatory and rebirth in responding to suffering.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2005
156 pages; ISBN 9780230505520
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Title: Reclaiming Theodicy
Author: Michael Stoeber
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