God, Medicine, and Suffering Kindle Edition
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i. Chapter One: A Child’s Dying
• The fictional story of Don Wanderhope - who lost his brother, his first love, his wife and finally, his daughter
ii. Chapter Two: Theology, Theodicy and Medicine
• The real story of the Giesbrechts in their struggle in raising Jeremy and his autistic-like behavior and its complications
iii. Chapter Three: Medicine as Theodicy
• Medicine as an activity of service becomes distorted when we try to use it to eliminate the silence created by death. (Hauerwas 1994, xii)
i. Expose the worldview behind Theodicy
• He highlighted that the metaphysical and abstract investigations about evil or suffering are foreign in the biblical worldview.
• Theodicy occurred at the same time that modern atheism came into being.(Hauerwas 1994, 41)
• He noted that the Enlightenment’s worldview of human self-sufficiency and endless human possibilities do not have a place for the reality of illness and death. (Hauerwas 1994, 106)
ii. Emphasize the biblical worldview on Suffering
• “Suffering is a practical challenge requiring [a] communal response.”(Hauerwas 1994, 51, 85)
• Illness and death have a place in the biblical worldview in that they are temporary. More importantly, the biblical worldview’s fulcrum is the story of God and how every person can find his or her place in that story.
• Emphasis on meaningful death as more paramount to longer but mindless days
• Suffering does not have meaning until people find their stories in God’s story.
iii. Man and Medicine
• He spoke against using medicine as gaining our ability to control when and how we die for the sake of being able to control it.
iv. Against Sedating One’s Suffering
• “Against the throb of compassion rather than the breadth of consolation: the recognition of how long is the mourners’ bench upon we sit, arms linked in undeluded friendship.” (Hauerwas 1994, 29)
Relevance to Life and Ministry
• Operate with the biblical worldview as we approach suffering
• Grow in one’s compassion in response to suffering
• Caring to the ill as of equal importance to curing the illness
• In a child’s illness, in as much as a medical cure is pursued, meaningful presence is more important.
"The psalms of lament do not simply reflect our experience; they are meant to form our experience of despair. They are meant to name the silences that our suffering has created. They bring us into communion with God and with one another, communion that makes it possible to acknowledge our pain and suffering, to rage that we see no point to it, and yet our very acknowledgement of that fact makes us a people capable of living life faithfully. We are able to do so because we know that the God who has made our life possible is not a God merely of goodness and power, but the God whom we find manifested in the calling of Israel and the life, cross, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The God who calls us to service through worship is not a God who insures that our lives will not be disturbed; indeed, if we are faithful, we had better expect to experience a great deal of unrest. This may not be the God we want, but at least it is a God whose very complexity is so fascinating that our attention is captivated by the wonder of the life God has given us - a life that inlcudes pain and suffering that seem to have no point."
- Stanley Hauerwas on why Christians should include the pslams of lament into their theology.
I do not share all the author's views on the role of medication, but I am very thankful to have read his well thought out questions and proposals.
If you, or someone you know, is theologically-minded and has suffered through the loss of a child or an elderly adult, this book will help address tough questions you may have.