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Suffering: A Test of Theological Method txt Suffering: A Test of Theological Method, text ebook Suffering: A Test of Theological Method, adobe reader Suffering: A Test of Theological Method, chapter 2 Suffering: A Test of Theological Method, Suffering: A Test of Theological Method d05ee4 How Can An Omnipotent God Allow Suffering And Violence To Pervade The World The Author Approaches This Disturbing Question By Examining The Concept Of Power At Opposing Ends Of A Spectrum Lie Two Powers Demonic Power That Is Violent, Destructive, And Dominative, And The Power Of God That Is Creative, Totally Open, Self Giving, And Expansive Through Consideration Of Power, McGill Provides Reflections On The Nature Of God S Inner Life In The Trinity And Concludes That Service Characterizes God S Relationship To The World, Not Domination Combining The Scholarship And Clarity That Characterizes The Greatest Theological Writing Of Our Times, Suffering Addresses The Need For Renewed Faith In The Almighty Powerfulness Of God S Self Communication And Self Giving Until The Time When The Pretenses Of Demonic Power Are Swept Away

About the Author: Arthur C. McGill

The author and editor of 25 books and or articles in 48 publications in two languages, Arthur Chute McGill was the Bussey Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, taught at Amherst College, Wesleyan University, and Princeton University, held a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Louvain, Belgium 1958 , and was Cadbury Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, England 1969.Respec

10 thoughts on “Suffering: A Test of Theological Method

  1. says:

    Beautiful I wish every person would read this book.

  2. says:

    McGill explains how modern Western theology went astray in its conceptualization of God, who comes as a suffering servant, not a bloodless autocrat bent on dominion We suffer because we have been crafted to need We spend our lives trying to eliminate need, either through soulless theologies and ideologies, or through the accumulation of material wealth But not to know need is not to know love, for we love by giving, and one who needs nothing can be given nothing.

  3. says:

    This book was particularly meaningful to me my grandfather, who predeceased me, is the author I was intensely drawn into the intellectual legacy that I find in my own life and that of my father and his sisters, and how Christian academic theology fills into our background The book makes for an excellent exercise for the intellectual non believer.

  4. says:

    This book is possibly one of the best books I have ever read Academic yet accessible I feel like the western church doesn t really have a frame work for dealing with hardships and disappointments and people s faith is rocked to the core when tragedy and devastation happen This book has been helpful for me to begin to form a theological framework for suffering.

  5. says:

    Book Closing After having read and loved Arthur C McGill s other book, Death and Life An American Theology, it is tempting for me to simply compare these two books I enjoyed Death and Life better and yet often felt I would have enjoyed it had I understood the basic building blocks that McGill puts forth in this book Suffering lays out the basic framework of McGill s take on theology and the nature of God and His followers a nature that is foreign to much of American theology because rather than focusing on the otherworldliness , absoluteness , and magnificence of God s nature, McGill instead focuses on the suffering, relational giving, and full expenditure of God in Christ This leads to focusing not on the self glorification of the Christian through good works and the like in fact, it s even at times shocking how that is absolutely derided , but focusing on the neediness of Christians, the sinful tendency of trying to possess God and neighbor by religious acts, and the suffering nature of the Church.Much like reading a modern translation of Bonhoeffer s Cost of Discipleship , McGill is unyielding in holding our feet to the fire of what true discipleship in this world must look like Simply stated, McGill shows us that true discipleship is absolutely frightening to consider without the power of Christ something that we cannot say about the 12 step discipleship that we see in many popular Christian books and sermons McGill lays forth how the frightening nature of suffering is the crucible in which we can put any theology to test its mettle both in terms of a theology of God s inner self the economy and nature of the Trinity, especially as seen through the argument between Athanasius and Arius , and in terms of the theology of what God does for man especially seen in the parable of the Good Samaritan.Another excellent book from McGill that should probably be read before Death and Life in order to add further enjoyment to that book.Book Opening I couldn t have enough good things to say about McGill s other book, Death and Life An American Theology , and now I get to read his other and earlier book Suffering From the forward, it appears that he will be visiting some of the same topics the giving of life as God s power, the suffering of God as inextricable from the mercy of God, and the life of a Christian as one of self giving in suffering rather than self giving and not suffering, which is arguably less of a giving.Looking forward to it.

  6. says:

    Well done exploration of how Christianity can help answer believers understand the question of suffering.Starts out inquiring into the current idea of suffering based on violence Develops dependent relationship of Father and Son God aspects of the Trinity Used parable of the Good Samaritan to explain how Christians might live in God s reflection.

  7. says:

    Yeah This book went right over my head.

  8. says:

    One of my favorite books

  9. says:

    My take away from this was that it s helpful at times to contemplate the mystery of the Holy Trinity as sort of a bijective function Super coherent and intuitive.

  10. says:

    Must read 3Accessible 3Kept my attention 3

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