Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

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In “Raging with Compassion”, Swinton argues for a practical theodicy, one embodied in the life and practices of the Christian community. This practicality does not seek to provide an explanation for the existence of evil, but rather presents ways in which evil and suffering can be resisted and transformed. This, he insists, will enable Christians to live faithfully with unanswered questions as they await God’s redemption of the whole creation. Swinton explores essential practices of redemption – lament, forgiveness, thoughtfulness, hospitality, and friendship – drawing out their implications for the faithful resistance of evil. Enhanced by case studies from current events and by Swinton’s own experience as a pastor and mental health nurse, “Raging with Compassion” seeks to inspire fresh Christian responses and modes of practice in our broken, fallen world.

John Swinton is Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and is Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen.

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Weight 400 g
Dimensions 229 × 152 × 20 mm

Swinton, John, (Author)

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Eerdmans (2007), 272 pages

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