Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis

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Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis. By Sarah Bachelard. Miami: Convivium Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-9349-9632-4. 113 pages. Paper. $11.91.

Recalling the damage done on Christmas Day 2004 when an earthquake--measured on the Richter scale at a magnitude of 9.0-struck offshore of Banda Aceh, at the northern end of Sumatra, David Bentley Hart wrote:

   Considering the scope of the catastrophe,
   and of the agonies and sorrows
   it had visited on so many, we should
   probably have all remained silent for a
   while. The claim to discern some greater
   meaning--or, for that matter, meaninglessness--behind
   the contingencies
   of history and nature is both cruel and
   presumptuous at such times. Pious
   platitude and words of comfort seem
   not only futile and banal, but almost
   blasphemous; metaphysical disputes
   come perilously close to mocking the
   dead. There are moments, simply said,
   when we probably ought not to speak. (1)

Sarah Bachelard attempts to address such critical times in our lives. …

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