Rowan Williams on Why Adults Don’t Outgrow Fairy Tales In our day, it is adults who seem most to need and use them [fairy tales], because they are just about the only stories we have in common with which to think through deep dilemmas and to keep alive registers of emotion and imagination otherwise being […]
Yesterday the New York Times published, “Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me,” a short essay by Kate Bowler, a professor of church history at Duke Divinity School. Bowler writes on coming to terms with her recent diagnosis with cancer (as a 35 year old), and how this experience squares with her understanding of the meaning of a “blessed life.” It’s a moving piece. It also sketches a more thoughtful alternative to accounts of suffering and grief than are typically offered by advocates of various prosperity gospels.
For more from Bowler, an expert on the history of prosperity gospel movements, consider her book Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford UnivPr, 2013).
Two Conceptions of God’s Presence in Times of Affliction A. J. I. Packer What is the purpose of grace? Primarily, to restore our relationship with God. […] Grace is God drawing us sinners closer and closer to himself. How does God in grace prosecute this purpose? Not by shielding us from assault by the world, the […]
Austin Farrer on homiletics and theodicies The Word of God brings upon human pain and strife the consolation of eternal love. It is often thought that the Christian preacher is called upon … somehow to prove that the intolerable evils which ravage the earth are only the price of greater good. But the answer naturally […]
Robert Jenson on theodicies “All theodicies must eventually fail, whatever wisdom they may yield on the way. The evil and sin in God’s creation will always be reason to deny him; Luther’s rationalist will always have arguments for his conclusion. If we join the creeds against nihilism on the one hand and gnostics on the […]