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Who Will Deliver Us?: The Present Power of the Death of Christ Paperback – October 21, 2008
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But by the time one reaches page 59 and Zahl's consideration of theodicy, that is, Chapter V ("Massacre of the Innocents"), the flies appear in the ointment. I began reading with more caution when Zahl mistakes a passage in Elie Wielsel's Night (a literary memoir of Auschwitz) as suggesting that in the suffering of the innocent, "God is asking the same question we ask: 'Why?' He is asking the question in the most direct way love can ask it, by laying himself on the line" (p.66). On the contrary, Wielsel is suggesting like Nietzsche that God had become irrelevant, if not outright non-existent in the most immediate and profound concerns of mankind. Zahl goes on to say, "Given the innocent affliction that shoots through our personal and social histories, we would indeed be ashamed to use the word just to describe God were it not for God's being ashamed of himself. God's shame, God's humiliation at the horror of man's injustice is manifest in his shameful, humiliating death. Not only does he tear out his heart by giving up the person most precious to him but in that person he gives up his good name and reputation. This is enormously important. It is his good name that believers have sought to protect against the slurs of humanity's just grievance.Read more ›
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Better get your thinking cap on for this one. This guy is smarter than the average bear! May have to read it more than once.Published 21 months ago by Robert J. Brown, Jr.
I loved this book. Got me reading passages to friends who were deeply touched by it too.Published 21 months ago by dr.Love.MB