Wandering in Darkness

Narrative and the Problem of Suffering


Author: Eleonore Stump

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191056316

Category: Philosophy

Page: 688

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Only the most naïve or tendentious among us would deny the extent and intensity of suffering in the world. Can one hold, consistently with the common view of suffering in the world, that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that one can. Wandering in Darkness first presents the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical traditional theodicy, namely, that of Thomas Aquinas, is embedded. It explicates Aquinas's account of the good for human beings, including the nature of love and union among persons. Eleonore Stump also makes use of developments in neurobiology and developmental psychology to illuminate the nature of such union. Stump then turns to an examination of narratives. In a methodological section focused on epistemological issues, the book uses recent research involving autism spectrum disorder to argue that some philosophical problems are best considered in the context of narratives. Using the methodology argued for, the book gives detailed, innovative exegeses of the stories of Job, Samson, Abraham and Isaac, and Mary of Bethany. In the context of these stories and against the backdrop of Aquinas's other views, Stump presents Aquinas's own theodicy, and shows that Aquinas's theodicy gives a powerful explanation for God's allowing suffering. She concludes by arguing that this explanation constitutes a consistent and cogent defense for the problem of suffering.

Wandering Wounds


Author: James Finley

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557004136


Page: 184

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Wandering Wounds is an expression of feelings and / or experiences of life's turbulent journey. Pain, anger, and grief mixed with hope are forefront through childhood to adulthood. The poems' presentations differ in styles and formats and many use allegories and / or metaphor to deliver their message.Opening pieces, universal in nature, relate to effects on life, moving through depression, the battle against evil and life's frustrations. The focus then turns to specific causal areas of life's trials and sorrows, such as illness and recovery, physical and sexual abuse of children and adults, and drug and alcohol addiction. Poems will traverse the wondrous mountain peaks and the deepest and darkest gullies of love.Much of the writing contains a morphing quality, as life's circumstances change you will find poems revealing new meaning.James L. Finley's first book Wandering Wounds shines a light upon the hope that resides on the outskirts of "Happiness Falls".

Dahnhak Kigong

Using the Body to Enligten the Mind


Author: Ilchi Lee

Publisher: Healing Society

ISBN: 9781932843019

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 159

View: 9201

Experience Power and Serenity through Dahnhak Kigong Dahnhak Kigong is an ideal combination of physical and mental training formulated by Ilchi Lee on his journey to enlightenment. Dr. Lee created each movement of Dahnhak Kigong while in a deep meditative state. Dahnhak Kigong is a training method that maximizes the capacity of the body and mind by gathering and using Ki-energy, the ultimate life force of the universe. This practice uses a combination of concentration exercises and Kigong movement. You will discover the original natural rhythm and order of life as well as achieve balance by reawakening Ki-energy sensations in your body. You can feel gentle power, serenity in movement, and discover the original natural rhythm through this practice.

The Problem of Evil

Eight Views in Dialogue


Author: N. N. Trakakis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019255476X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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One of those rare questions in philosophy that is not only technically recalcitrant but also engages the hearts and minds of the broad community is the so-called 'problem of evil': How can the existence of an absolutely perfect God be reconciled with the existence of suffering and evil? This collection of dialogues between eight philosophers of religion explores new ways of thinking about this longstanding problem, in the process reorienting and reinvigorating the philosophical debate around the relationship between God, goodness and evil: How exactly are these three notions connected, if at all? Is God the cause, or author, of evil and suffering? How is the goodness of God to be understood, and how is divine goodness related to human morality? Does God's perfect goodness entail that God must have reasons for permitting or bringing about suffering, and if so what could his reasons be? These questions are of momentous existential and theoretical interest, and they have exercised the finest intellects across the centuries. The time is ripe for a wholesale reconsideration of the problem of evil. To make progress towards this goal, eight distinct perspectives are placed in mutual dialogue, giving voice to both traditional and relatively unorthodox approaches. What emerges from these critical but friendly exchanges is a diversity of fruitful and innovative ways of thinking about the nature of divinity and its relationship to evil.

Over the Top


Author: Kay D. Rizzo

Publisher: Review and Herald Pub Assoc

ISBN: 0828025983

Category: Devotional calendars

Page: 373

View: 8157

A collection of devotional readings and Bible verses for each day of the year.

Evil and a Selection of its Theological Problems


Author: Benjamin Arbour,John R. Gilhooly

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443862274

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

View: 3257

Recent formulations of the inductive, continual problem of evil require us to consider new responses to the charge that there is something irrational about believing in God, given the type and amount of evil in the world. Furthermore, fresh approaches to the problem of evil offer suggestive ways to enter a new line of inquiry, in regards to both theistic defences against various articulations of the problem of evil and also theodicy. Finally, developments in contemporary theology, especially analytic philosophical theology, likewise require new treatments of the problem of evil. This volume, on the problem on evil, presents a series of essays that incorporate responses to these developments. The articles fall into three broad sections. The first critiques and examines the analytic, inductive problem of evil on the basis of its modal underpinnings, the discourse of possible worlds, and issues related to hiddenness and vagueness. The second part presents a narrative response to the problem of evil. Its approaches attempt to show the way in which peculiar features of narrative such as dramatic irony, verisimilitude, and distinctions between person-type propositions offer fresh ways to encapsulate our feelings about evil and our response to the theological problems raised by encounters with evil. Such existential concerns are valuable for our thinking about these matters. The third section relates the problem of evil to developments in contemporary analytic theology, such as open theism, idealism and the felix culpa theodicy.

Return to God

The ABC of 'set free by knowing the truth'


Author: Danson Enogiomwan Ubebe

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780886322

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 3913

'Return to God' is a rare resource for uncommon Bible knowledge. It is one book which clearly identifies the Gospel of Grace as different from the tradition under the Mosiac Covenant, and yet strings them together in a way without mixing them up. The book covers several areas of the Holy Bible which a great number of people shy away from.

Wandering Beyond the Darkness


Author: Ian Barrett

Publisher: Key Publishing House

ISBN: 9781926780122

Category: Philosophy

Page: 229

View: 8421

Books of this importance and intelligence come along rarely. Wandering Beyond the Darkness is an absolute must-read for anyone who struggles with faith, love, and the continuum of life after death. Whether we are nineteen or ninety, we all search for understanding. For thousands of years, our religious and spiritual comprehension has been defined by a codified doctrine that was initially established by illiterate nomads living in tents. These now-faded cultures were attempting to provide some historical consensus concerning their creation. Instead of taking these ancient, verbal stories as symbolic, we have invested them with literal meaning and now accept them as the words of God. In Wandering Beyond the Darkness, Ian Barrett uses reason and humor to put religion and spirituality into perspective. After researching thousands of documents, the author has taken a personal journey of awareness and discovery-a voyage that can help others on a similar pilgrimage.