The Light Shines on in the Darkness: Transforming Suffering through Faith (Happiness, Suffering, and Transcendence)

The Light Shines on in the Darkness: Transforming Suffering through Faith (Happiness, Suffering, and Transcendence) Author Robert J. Spitzer
ISBN-10 1586179578
ISBN-13 9781586179571
Year 2017-05-01
Pages 544
Language English
Publisher Ignatius Press
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Why would an all loving God allow suffering Aren t suffering and love opposed to one another Does suffering have any benefit for this life Does it have any benefit for eternal life Is there any objective evidence for God for a soul that will survive bodily death for the resurrection of Jesus If there is testable objective evidence for a resurrection what is this resurrection like Who is God anyway benevolent and loving or angry and retributive Father Spitzer gives a comprehensive explanation of contemporary evidence for God the soul and the resurrection and helps us understand how God uses suffering to lead us to the resurrection and to compassion for others He also shows how the Holy Spirit guides us through times of suffering toward our salvation and other s salvation explaining the signs and interior movements that reveal the Spirit s actions But even armed with this eternal perspective serious questions remain If God has power over nature why doesn t He just perform a lot more miracles when we pray for them so that we won t have to suffer Why did God make the natural world imperfect in the first place Wouldn t it have been better to create us in a world without suffering without challenge need and self sacrifice Father Spitzer not only addresses the perplexing questions associated with suffering but he teaches us how to suffer well He points out some of the most common errors we make in interpreting God s motives for and alleviation of suffering He explains why suffering in combination with love is one of the most powerful motivating agents for personal cultural and societal development Suffering and love are inextricably bound up with one another on the highest levels of human meaning

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