The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World
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The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World  -     By: Richard Harries

The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World

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Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. Although we can all give meaning to our lives by trying to live well, is there some given meaning to be discovered? Science cannot answer this question, and philosophical arguments leave the issue open. The monotheistic religions claim that the meaning has been revealed to us, and Christians see this is above all in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Described by Rowan Williams as "that rarity, a Christian public intellectual," Richard Harries considers the Christian claim in the context of an in-depth discussion of the nature of evil and how this is to be reconciled with a just and loving God. Drawing on a wide range of modern literature, he argues that belief in the resurrection and hope in the face of death is fundamental to faith and suggests that while there is no final intellectual answer to the problem of evil, we must all, believer and nonbeliever alike, resist the world and seek to change it rather than accept it as it is.

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Title: The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World
By: Richard Harries
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: SPCK Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 0281076952
ISBN-13: 9780281076956
Stock No: WW076952

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Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. How can we live with this contradiction? And how can we believe in a just and loving God in the face of all the evils in the world?

‘A profoundly radical reflection on one of the central issues in theology.’
Church Times

‘A major new defence of Christianity that does not flinch from asking difficult questions about the kind of God who could have created our world.’
The Bookseller

‘A heartening book, confronting the hardest questions with wide knowledge and deep wisdom.’
John Carey, Chief Literary Reviewer, Sunday Times

‘An eloquent, honest and engaging case for Christian faith.’
The Tablet

‘The best case that could be made.’
Andrew Copson, Director, British Humanist Association

‘A deeply interesting book.’
Mary Warnock DBE, FBA, FMedSci

‘A book of rare power – such that, once you have finished it, you know you have been changed.’
Ian S. Markham, Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary

Author Bio

Richard Harries is both a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honorary fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. After nineteen years as Bishop of Oxford he was made a Life Peer (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) and he remains active in the House of Lords on human rights issue. He is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Divinity and a visiting professor of theology at King's College, London, where he was formerly dean. His voice is well known to many through his regular contributions to the Today programme. Among his many books are The Re-enchantment of Morality, which was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize, and Art and the Beauty of God, selected as book of the year by Anthony Burgess in The Observer.

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