Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion

Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion

Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion

Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion

Synopsis

"Suffering seems to be an intrinsic element of the human condition, and an unpleasant reality that forces us to examine our relationship with a relational God. However there are circumstances of suffering so extreme and so pervasive that rational people must raise the inevitable question of God's presence and absence. In Were You There, David Emmanuel Goatley examines suffering in slavery as Godforsakenness. He 'seeks a response to the question concerning where God is when the atrocities of human experience are beyond comprehension.' The question is both historical and immediate, for even today we find ourselves during hurricanes, earthquakes, wars and social upheavals yelling at the heavens, 'Where are you God?' Through an analysis of the spirituals, family dispersal, violence and sexual exploitation, Goatley reignites the dialogue on theodicy that confronts every generation. I for one am glad that this fascinating study affirms God's presence even in apparent absence."? Barbara Holmes, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, Memphis Theological Seminary
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