Why Have You Forsaken Me?
In this powerful book on the experience of desolation John Colwell focuses on Psalm 22, read in the light of his own struggle with bi-polar disorder and the Christian belief that God the Son suffered in his humanity, to offer...
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In this powerful book on the experience of desolation John Colwell focuses on Psalm 22, read in the light of his own struggle with bi-polar disorder and the Christian belief that God the Son suffered in his humanity, to offer existential-theological reflections on the experience of God-forsakenness.
'My concern in writing this book and reading this psalm is to reflect on the felt experience of God-forsakenness, my own and that of Christ in the light of this psalm; to explore the theological and spiritual significance of this felt experience for myself, for Christ, for Christians generally.
If this exploration proves to be helpful to me or to others then obviously I am glad, but I am not writing this book to be helpful but rather to be truthful (and perhaps hopeful). This is a personal journey of reflection with a psalm which I invite you, the reader, to share if you will.'
John E. Colwell (Ph.D., Kings College, University of London) is Director of post-graduate studies and tutor in Christian Doctrine and Ethics at Spurgeons College. He has published numerous articles and books including Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics (London, T & T Clark, 2002); Promise and Presence: an exploration of sacramental theology (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2005); Rhythm of Doctrine: A Liturgical Sketch of Christian Faith and Faithfulness (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2007) and Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Personal Reflection on the Experience of Desolation (Paternoster, 2009)
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