Epub [Unspeakable Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror young adult contemporary] author Os Guinness – Kindle ePUB & PDF
I at all As Buddhagosa said of his state of enlightenment I am nowhere a somewhatness for anyone There is only the nobility of the compassion of the enlightened on their road to the liberation of extinctionAs I see it the
"Modern Global Era Raises A Titanic Challenge "global era raises a titanic challenge the Eastern family of faiths at THIS POINT THESE FAITHS ARE ESSENTIALLY AND EXPLICITLY WORLD point These faiths are essentially and explicitly world whereas the modern world is essentially and explicitly world affirming 119 120Sounds like the Buddha was clear eyed hard headed realistic He never promised us a rose garden2 Humanism s all decisive claim is that since there is no God there is no revealed meaning and no intrinsic meaning in the universe at all Therefore meaning is not disclosed or even discovered It has to be created Human beings are both the source and standard of their own meaning so it is up to each of us to create our own meaning and impose it on the world And if we cannot impose our meaning on the world as a whole we can impose it in our own small lives as an act of self creation 129Here we can see the modern world s grand challenge to the secularist family of faiths These faiths appeal to society s intellectual elites seen in George Steiner s description of agnosticism as the established church of modernity By its somewhat bleak light the educated and the rational conduct their immanent lives but they hold little or no attraction for ordinary people Bloodless as well as bleak they are too cerebral for everyday life This is a fatal flaw and a central reason for the decline of atheism and the weakness of the secularist movementBertrand Russell prescribed this ethics for temperaments like my own but how many people are included in this sweep How many of us having been told about the bleakness of human prospects will still adhere to the nobility of humanist ethics especially if it appears that the author himself did not Why should we care for others as ourselves Would it not be just as consistent to eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we dieOn Camus s tombstone are these words from The Myth of Sisyphus The struggle toward the summit itself suffices to fill a man s heart But how many will find rebellion to be a satisfying reason for existence when we now from the beginning that we can never reach the summit When we Lakeside Redemption know that like Sisyphus we can never roll the stone to the top of the hill that even our best highest and ultimate efforts can end only in final defeatAre secularism s bleakness and narrow appeal to elites signs of strength or weakness Are these ualities proof of secularists honesty and a badge of their unflinching realism or are they an admission of secularism s ultimate inadeuacy 133 134Sounds like secularism is just too hard for stupid people3 God is all good no other god has wounds In contrast to the Eastern religions the biblical response to evil and suffering is one of engagement not detachment And in contrast to secularist beliefs we are not on our own as we fight evil Precisely because of a wisdom and strength greater than our own those who combat wrong can have solid grounds for trusting in the final triumph of good over evil Our individual prospects end only in death and the cosmic prospects for the planet are a stay of execution only delayed somewhat by a few billion years But Jewish and Christian confidence is not in science and human efforts Even when we die Godeeps faith with us in the dust 145In contrast to those who think religious belief is mere human projection the God of the biblical story is not simply personal for us but personal in himself He is personal because of his own nature not because we need him to be personal He is not made in our image we are made in his And there is no other ground for justifying the preciousness and inalienable dignity of each human being Those who prize human rights without this root will find it a cut flower ideal as disappointing as it is short lived 146Sounds like magical thinking to me And there have been plenty of wounded gods in "The History Of Religion Check Out. "history of religion Check out. and ultimately join the fight against itGuinness frames his study by exploring several uestionsWhere does evil come from What are the uestions raised by evil that we cannot ignore Has the modern world made evil worse How do the different ways of explaining evil affect how we respond to it What must we do to fight evil effectively What does the existence of evil tell us about our ultimate beliefsAddressing individuals as well as a traumatized culture Unspeakable is an invitation to explore the challenge of contemporary evil a call to confront our culture of fear and a journey to find words to come to terms with the unspeakable so that it will no longer leave us mute. Great book dealing with evil Whole "1st part of book is asking ey uestions so as to get them answered before dive "part of book is asking ey uestions so as to get them answered before dive solutions 1 Where does Evil come fromKey here is that all philosophies and world views have to deal with evil Religious as well as non religious Sometimes secularist make out the fault is all religion2 What s so right about a world so wrong a Why me b Where is God c How can I stand it3 Are we really worse or just modern4 Do the differences between philosophies make a difference5 Isn t there something we can do6 Why can t I Second Time Loving know what I need tonow7 Isn t there Read this if you are a citizen of Earth This is the first book I ve read by Os Guinness and I found him thoughtful and articulate What I liked most about this book was the care Guinness gave to examining evil and suffering through the many voices of men and women who have encountered it I was impressed by how well read he seems and his art in pulling so many voices into his work I also liked Guinness section on how the differences between our answers to the challenge of evil and suffering and the responses that flow from these conclusions do matter He divides this section into three parts the Eastern family of faiths including Hinduism Buddhism and varieties of New Age thought what he calls the secularist family of belief including atheism naturalism and secular humanism and the biblical or Abrahamic family of faiths monotheistic Judaism Christianity and IslamThe standards he chooses for assessing the different possible responses to the world we live in are as follows1 Is this response able to give an account of evil that is realistic in its diagnosis2 Is this response able to give an account of evil that is hopeful in its remedy3 Is this response able to give an account of evil that is practical in offering grounds for courage and comfort in facing evilHe then works backward from criteria to implicationsI liked how Guinness assesses our various human responses to the problem of evil and suffering by following each through to its logical andor observed outcomes His source for assessing truth is the examined life At the same time as much as I like this approach from a Reformed evangelical Christian perspective this is potentially problematic if it is the sole source for assessing truth to the extent that it excludes a robust theology of Scripture and the truth revealing function of the Word of God My mixed feelings about how I feel about the chapter on the Christian response to evil People of the Crossed Sticks are linked to this I need to read it again I also suppose that there is possible criticism from another angle why these criteria Realism is easiest to argue for in front of a general audience because it has to do with simply observing the world for what it is Hope and practical grounds for courage though obviously desirable are difficult to account for in and of themselves standing Alone Because They May because they may have much to do with observation at all hope looks beyond the observable and practical grounds for courage are often despite the observable This makes sense from the perspective of Christian faith because it is often working with unobservables or the obscured observables of revelation and God breaking through into history Passages from Hebrews and 1 Corinthians come to mind For faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 111 and Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror then we shall see face to face Now I now in part then I shall now fully even as I am fully nown 1 Corinthians 1312 Guinness Christian faith is the source for these categories But although hope and courage are arguably desirable would they seem immediately sensible as categories for criteria to someone operating from a purely rational or materialistic perspective What could bridge this gap This is a book that I intend to revisit Overall very good and likely a good conversation starter The book provides interesting insights on our distorted view of terrorism It chall. We are still surprised by evil From Auschwitz to the events of September 11 we have been shocked into recognizing the startling capacity for evil within the human heart We now now 911 revealed that our country was unprepared in terms of national security but it also showed we were intellectually and morally unprepared to deal with such a barbaric act Our language to describe evil and our ethical will to resist it have grown uncertain and confused Many who speak unabashedly of evil are dismissed as simplistic old fashioned and out of tune with the realities of modern life Yet we must have some ind of language to help us understand the pain and suffering at the heart.