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God, Medicine, and Suffering [Paperback]

By Stanley M. Hauerwas (Author)
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Why does a good and all powerful God allow us to experience pain and suffering? Drawing on stories of ill and dying children to clarify his discussion of theological issues, Hauerwas explores why we so desperately seek explanations for suffering and evil in today's world and demonstrates why the solutions that have been suggested are doomed to failure. Alternatively, he shows us a God who, through his believing community, "can give a voice to that pain in a manner that at least gives us a way to go on."

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Why does a good and all-powerful God allow us to experience pain and suffering? According to Stanley Hauerwas, asking this question is a theological mistake. Drawing heavily on stories of ill and dying children to illustrate and clarify his discussion of theological-philosophical issues, Hauerwas explores why we so fervently seek explanations for suffering and evil, and he shows how modern medicine has become a god to which we look (in vain) for deliverance from the evils of disease and mortality.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0802808964  
ISBN13  9780802808967  

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More About Stanley M. Hauerwas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. He is the author of many books, including A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic (University of Notre Dame Press, 1981), which was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century.

Stanley M. Hauerwas currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Stanley M. Hauerwas was born in 1940.

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A thorough analysis of a complex subject  Apr 23, 2007
This is a really well thought out book. Hauerwas explores suffering in its most outrageous form : child suffering. For most of life human beings can explain away suffering as a product of this or that. Child suffering is different as it provokes a different reaction in us. Instead of wanting to accept it as a course of life we become shocked and disgusted with such suffering. Maybe it has to do with the innocence of a child.. the feeling that life has been cut short. Hauerwas explores why child suffering bothers us as humans and what we should do about the place of medical treatment. I've really appreciated his exploration of modernity's (false) promises about the power of medicine. Pills, medical therapy, and other forms of medical treatment can only do so much. I saw it too often in the pharmacy I work in - people buying into the fake promises that medicine can offer a perfect life. Even though I really like this book, I am not sure if I agree with Hauerwas's conclusion about the answer or meaning in such suffering. He seems to see no fruit in trying to justify or give suffering meaning by affirming God's sovereignty. Rather he says the question of God's interaction with our suffering (especially child suffering) is poor and can only lead to problems of theodicy. Despite my uneasiness with such a response, I am glad I picked up this book.

"The psalms of lament do not simply reflect our experience; they are meant to form our experience of despair. They are meant to name the silences that our suffering has created. They bring us into communion with God and with one another, communion that makes it possible to acknowledge our pain and suffering, to rage that we see no point to it, and yet our very acknowledgement of that fact makes us a people capable of living life faithfully. We are able to do so because we know that the God who has made our life possible is not a God merely of goodness and power, but the God whom we find manifested in the calling of Israel and the life, cross, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The God who calls us to service through worship is not a God who insures that our lives will not be disturbed; indeed, if we are faithful, we had better expect to experience a great deal of unrest. This may not be the God we want, but at least it is a God whose very complexity is so fascinating that our attention is captivated by the wonder of the life God has given us - a life that inlcudes pain and suffering that seem to have no point."
- Stanley Hauerwas on why Christians should include the pslams of lament into their theology.
Helpful, if at times technical  Apr 17, 2000
This book was a great read. As someone with little knowledge of medicine, but a great interest in God's presence with the dying and suffering, this book stretched me while engaging me in interesting conversation.

I do not share all the author's views on the role of medication, but I am very thankful to have read his well thought out questions and proposals.

If you, or someone you know, is theologically-minded and has suffered through the loss of a child or an elderly adult, this book will help address tough questions you may have.


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