God in the Dark

Rebuilding Faith When Bad Stuff Happens

By Peter Longson

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What becomes of faith in God when bad stuff happens? How do we react when we realise that, for all its glories, this world can be a dark, dangerous and disappointing place?

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What becomes of faith in God when bad stuff happens? How do we react when we realise that, for all its glories, this world can be a dark, dangerous and disappointing place? We may decide that God is no longer to be trusted, or continue with a form of belief that is at odds with our experience of life. Or we may choose the most risky and difficult option: trying to build a Christian understanding that looks the facts full in the face whilst holding on - for dear life - to belief in a God of love. Half-wishing that he had never known the spurious comfort of a religion that promised so much and seemed to deliver so little, the author sets out on the lonely road of re-examining his faith. He discovers early on that we must seek God first in the mess of life, in whatever most perplexes us - in short, we must look for God in the very place where he is apparently absent. This rock which is the earth is a hard place, in all senses.


In sharing his experiences to encourage other 'battered Christians', Peter Longson's honest, unflinching exploration of the nature of evil and its consequences for life and faith leads him to some surprising and liberating conclusions about the nature of God.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Wild Goose Publications
Publication Date 18 Apr 2012
SKU 9781849522151-grouped
Number of Pages 179

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Do we need yet another book on a God of love and the problem of evil? Christians certainly need this one! It is written in response to a devastating personal experience of evil. With ruthless logic, deep compassion and a pastoral heart Longson beats a scholarly path through science, theology, philosophy and literature questioning much of conservative Christian understanding of theodicy. Out of the wreckage he builds something where the world as it is, human life as we experience it and a God of love can reside together. It is essential reading for all who seek to bring the love of God to a world which groans under the weight of suffering and evil. The Revd Dr John Searle OBE

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