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Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in An Age of Genocide and Terror
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It's difficult to fathom willful hurt, extreme cruelty, and the carnage of war, but unless we do, our worldview is sorely inadequate. Guinness demonstrates how politicians and theologians can courageously talk about and face evil in order to overcome it. From one of evangelicalism's finest public intellectuals. 256 pages, softcover.
We are still surprised by evil. From Auschwitz to the events of September 11, we have been shocked into recognizing the startling capacity for evil within the human heart. We now know 9/11 revealed that our country was unprepared in terms of national security, but it also showed we were intellectually and morally unprepared to deal with such a barbaric act.
Our language to describe evil and our ethical will to resist it have grown uncertain and confused. Many who speak unabashedly of evil are dismissed as simplistic, oldfashioned, and out of tune with the realities of modern life. Yet we must have some kind of language to help us understand the pain and suffering at the heart of human experience.
Author and speaker Os Guinness confronts our inability to understand evil let alone respond to it effectively by providing both a lexicon and a strategy for finding a way forward. Since 9/11, much public discussion has centered on the destructiveness of extremist religion. Guinness provocatively argues that this is far from an accurate picture and too easy an explanation. In this expansive exploration of both the causes of modern evil and solutions for the future, he faces our tragic recent past and our disturbing present with courageous honesty. In order to live an "examined life," Guinness writes, we must come to terms with our beliefs regarding evil and ultimately join the fight against it.
Addressing individuals as well as a traumatized culture, Unspeakable is an invitation to explore the challenge of contemporary evil, a call to confront our culture of fear, and a journey to find words to come to terms with the unspeakable so that it will no longer leave us mute.
Os Guinness, an author and social critic, has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including The Call, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, and The American Hour. A frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Guinness has lectured at many of the world's leading universities and has often spoken on Capitol Hill. He lives in Washington, D.C.
“A ‘must read’ for anyone who wishes to explore the most fundamental questions confronting us all.”
“Guinness offers a brilliant ‘map’ to help us navigate and confront the difficult landscape of modern life, and modern evil.”
“An important book for anyone who doubts the existence of human evil or who has lost faith because of it.”
“Guinness’s incisive analyses gives us hope of being able to deal with evil. A great accomplishment!”
“A brutally honest inquiry into the darkest realities of human history...a journey that leads back to ourselves.”
“This book makes a compelling case for faith, and courage, in the face of evil’s dark reality.”
“Guinness eloquently draws the distinction between evil and suffering, then exhorts us to recognize that evil lies within our hearts.”
“Both a personal and a political book … It will stimulate discussion and reflection and is worth reading…”
“...[Guinness] leaves the readers with a sense of hope, highlighting the importance of individual calling.”
“[L]aced with compelling, heart-wrenching and illuminating stories...”
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