By Richard A. Shenk
whilst contemplating and confronting the matter of evil, we should be asking the inaccurate query: Why is there evil on this planet if God is sweet and strong? it can be flawed since it smuggles in an unbiblical premise: God can and may use his coercive strength to alleviate anguish on account that he's either sturdy and capable. yet what if coercive strength doesn't paintings to complete God's pursuits? This booklet is an research into the chance that the noncoercive energy of the move needs to be on the heart of this factor, and that the pass may perhaps reform this query. lets ask, as an alternative, How is God destroying evil and suffering--and why is he taking see you later? the reply to this reframed query should be: he's utilizing evil and anguish to spoil evil and anguish for His humans; this is often how lengthy it takes. whereas now not a "solution" to the matter of evil, might this support us discover ways to savour God in a global within which evil and agony look now and then so relentless?
"Shenk's publication belongs firmly within the box of theological responses to evil and discomfort. . . . [It] provides us with a meditation that's philosophically acute, intellectually rigorous, and traditionally knowledgeable. it's also sincere and humble, now not delivering a 'solution,' yet a chain of theological proposals according to a profound mirrored image on Scripture, a deft dealing with of philosophical strategies, and a cautious attention of a very good breadth of the Christian theological tradition."
--From the Foreword via Simon Oliver
"Understanding God's function for discomfort has been a resource of poser for lots of Christians. This booklet leads the reader down the line of fact among the guardrails of wish and joy."
--Michael Frank Sabo, President, Christian management Institute
"The ask yourself of the Cross is a daring and provocative exploration of the truth of evil and anguish in gentle of the nature and reasons of God. . . . it is a Christ-centered and cross-centered inspiration. it really is either philosophically astute and traditionally grounded. yet peculiarly, Shenk is biblically formed, pastorally appropriate, and hope-filled. whereas now not every body will accept as true with the whole lot of Shenk's idea, all will benefit from attractive with this dialogue of the facility of the go and its function within the conquest of evil and suffering."
--Steven C. Roy, affiliate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Richard Shenk (PhD, college of Wales, Lampeter) is an accessory Professor at Bethlehem university and Seminary the place he teaches theology and a pastor at Village Church (both within the area of Minneapolis, Minnesota).