Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering
: "This book will make no attempt to defend God... . If you are looking for a book that boasts triumphantly of conquest over a great enemy, or gives a detached philosophical analysis that neatly solves an absorbing problem, this...
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:"This book will make no attempt to defend God... . If you are looking for a book that boasts triumphantly of conquest over a great enemy, or gives a detached philosophical analysis that neatly solves an absorbing problem, this isn't it."Too often the Christian attitude toward suffering is characterized by a detached academic appeal to God's sovereignty, as if suffering were a game or a math problem. Or maybe we expect that since God is good, everything will just work out all right somehow. But where then is honest lament? Aren't we shortchanging believers of the riches of the Christian teaching about suffering?In Embodied Hope Kelly Kapic invites us to consider the example of our Lord Jesus. Only because Jesus has taken on our embodied existence, suffered alongside us, died, and been raised again can we find any hope from the depths of our own dark valleys of pain. As we look to Jesus, we are invited to participate not only in his sufferings, but also in the church, which calls us out of isolation and into the encouragement and consolation of the communal life of Christ.Drawing on his own family's experience with prolonged physical pain, Kapic reshapes our understanding of suffering into the image of Jesus, and brings us to a renewed understanding of-and participation in-our embodied hope.
Kelly M. Kapic (Ph.D., (Systematic and Historical Theology), King's College, University of London, London, UK) is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
He is the author of The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (IVP: Downers Grove, 2004, and IVP: UK, Nottingham) edited with Randall Gleason; Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006) edited with Justin Taylor; Communion with God: The Divine and the Human in John Owen's Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007); Communion with the Triune God: A Classic work by John Owen (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007); God So Loved He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010) with Justin Borger.
Forthcoming publications include with M. Kapic and Bruce McCormack, ed., Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic History of Recent Theological Reflection (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2011); with Randal Rauser, Everyday Saints: Voices From the Past: 100-1500 AD (Grand Rapids, Zondervan); Everyday Saints: Voices From the Past: 1500-Today (Grand Rapids, Zondervan).
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- :a Necessary Prelude
- <strong>part I: The Struggle</strong>
- 1. Hard Thoughts About God2. Don't Answer Why3. Longing And Lament4. Embracing Embodiment5. Questions That Come With Pain
- <strong>part Ii: The Strangeness Of God</strong>
- 6. One With Us: Incarnation7. One For Us: Cross 8. Risen And Remaining
- <strong>part Iii: Life Together</strong>
- 9. Faith, Hope, And Love10. Confession And The Other11. Faithful