By Gregory Stevenson
An advent to the literary and theological message of Revelation utilizing the themes of evil and pain as a conceptual organizer, which gives readers an instantaneous connection among this historical textual content and their lives.
Although frequently learn as a ebook of esoteric visions in regards to the finish of time, the ebook of Revelation is absolutely essentially the most proper books within the Bible for Christian religion within the twenty-first century. Evil and ache are an unavoidable portion of human adventure they usually generate a number of questions by way of these looking to be trustworthy in the course of such stories. Why do Christians endure? How are we to appreciate God's sovereignty in an international of injustice, violence, and competition? what's the acceptable reaction of religion to one of these world?
In ''A Slaughtered Lamb,'' Greg Stevenson argues that the booklet of Revelation addresses such questions and the stress that's created among our religion and our stories of evil and soreness. revelation is a booklet that reminds us that God is devoted to his construction, that demanding situations us to absorb the decision for devoted witness in a antagonistic international, and that unearths to us that God's basic reaction to evil and discomfort is to satisfy us within the type of a slaughtered lamb.
Ideal to be used as a school textbook for undergraduate/graduate scholars, as a source for pastors/ministry leaders, and as an creation to revelation for lay individuals.
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Extra info for A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering
Whereas soul-making and free will theodicies posit a God whose allowance of evil and suffering are an expression of his sovereignty in that they ultimately serve his will, warfare theodicy asserts that God is constrained in his expression of sovereignty. 13 In similarity to free will theodicy, Boyd suggests that God limits himself in order to allow for free will. 14 Thus the stage was set for continual conflict between Satan and his forces of evil over against God and all who follow him. God does not will or allow evil, but battles against evil in a context where God is limited by his own creative act.
Science seeks to shine a bright light into all corners of the universe and of life in order to illuminate what is hidden. Yet one of the most pervasive and enduring mysteries of life is that of evil. For all their efforts, science and rationality have consistently failed to eradicate evil or to provide a comprehensive explanation for its origin and activity. The existence and persistence of evil exposes the limitations of the scientific project. Evil resists quantification. It defies expectation.
Faith and experience often stand in tension. Classic Christian faith asserts that God is all-powerful, just, benevolent, and good. From those fundamental assertions, we naturally draw assumptions about how the world should be. A world under the sovereign rule of such a deity should be a place where the righteous prosper, where justice prevails, where evil holds no sway, and where incomprehensible suffering has no place. Experience shatters those assumptions. It presents us with a world of injustice, inequity, violence, and unimaginable tragedy.