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We are still surprised by evil From Auschwitz to the events of September 11 we have been shocked into recognizing the startling capacity for evil within the human heart We now know 911 revealed that our country was unprepared in terms of national security but it also showed we were intellectually and morally unprepared to deal with such a barbaric act Our language to describe evil and our ethical will to resist it have grown uncertain and confused Many who speak unabashedly of evil are dismissed as simplistic old fashioned and out of tune with the realities of modern life Yet we must have some kind of language to help us understand the pain and suffering at the heart. Guinness argues there are 3 ways to respond to the uestion of evil as an Eastern believer in the need to extinguish meaning as a secularisthumanist believer that the individual creates meaning or as a Christian believer that God gives meaning to human suffering by having suffered Himself1 The Buddhist remedy for suffering is stern even drastic If the great deathless lake of Nirvana is a state of extinguishedness what is extinguished is not only suffering but attachment desire and finally the individual who desires as the philosopher Ninian Smart concluded bluntly There is Nirvana but no person who enters it To say it again in the Buddhist view there is uite simply no remedy for suffering in this world Nor is there any prospect of a coming world without suffering There is not even the hope that you and I will ever live free of suffering And finally there is no you or I at all As Buddhagosa said of his state of enlightenment I am nowhere a somewhatness for anyone There is only the nobility of the compassion of the enlightened on their road to the liberation of extinctionAs I see it the modern global era raises a titanic challenge for the Eastern family of faiths at this point These faiths are essentially and explicitly world denying whereas the modern world is essentially and explicitly world affirming 119 120Sounds like the Buddha was clear eyed hard headed realistic He never promised us a rose garden2 Humanism s all decisive claim is that since there is no God there is no revealed meaning and no intrinsic meaning in the universe at all Therefore meaning is not disclosed or even discovered It has to be created Human beings are both the source and standard of their own meaning so it is up to each of us to create our own meaning and impose it on the world And if we cannot impose our meaning on the world as a whole we can impose it in our own small lives as an act of self creation 129Here we can see the modern world s grand challenge to the secularist family of faiths These faiths appeal to society s intellectual elites seen in George Steiner s description of agnosticism as the established church of modernity By its somewhat bleak light the educated and the rational conduct their immanent lives but they hold little or no attraction for ordinary people Bloodless as well as bleak they are too cerebral for everyday life This is a fatal flaw and a central reason for the decline of atheism and the weakness of the secularist movementBertrand Russell prescribed this ethics for temperaments like my own but how many people are included in this sweep How many of us having been told about the bleakness of human prospects will still adhere to the nobility of humanist ethics especially if it appears that the author himself did not Why should we care for others as ourselves Would it not be just as consistent to eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we dieOn Camus s tombstone are these words from The Myth of Sisyphus The struggle toward the summit itself suffices to fill a man s heart But how many will find rebellion to be a satisfying reason for existence when we know from the beginning that we can never reach the summit When we know that like Sisyphus we can never roll the stone to the top of the hill that even our best highest and ultimate efforts can end only in final defeatAre secularism s bleakness and narrow appeal to elites signs of strength or weakness Are these ualities proof of secularists honesty and a badge of their unflinching realism or are they an admission of secularism s ultimate inadeuacy 133 134Sounds like secularism is just too hard for stupid people3 God is all good no other god has wounds In contrast to the Eastern religions the biblical response to evil and suffering is one of engagement not detachment And in contrast to secularist beliefs we are not on our own as we fight evil Precisely because of a wisdom and strength greater than our own those who combat wrong can have solid grounds for trusting in the final triumph of good over evil Our individual prospects end only in death and the cosmic prospects for the planet are a stay of execution only delayed somewhat by a few billion years But Jewish and Christian confidence is not in science and human efforts Even when we die God keeps faith with us in the dust 145In contrast to those who think religious belief is mere human projection the God of the biblical story is not simply personal for us but personal in himself He is personal because of his own nature not because we need him to be personal He is not made in our image we are made in his And there is no other ground for justifying the preciousness and inalienable dignity of each human being Those who prize human rights without this root will find it a cut flower ideal as disappointing as it is short lived 146Sounds like magical thinking to me And there have been plenty of wounded gods in the history of religion Check out

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Unspeakable Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror

L and ultimately join the fight against itGuinness frames his study by exploring several uestionsWhere does evil come from What are the uestions raised by evil that we cannot ignore Has the modern world made evil worse How do the different ways of explaining evil affect how we respond to it What must we do to fight evil effectively What does the existence of evil tell us about our ultimate beliefsAddressing individuals as well as a traumatized culture Unspeakable is an invitation to explore the challenge of contemporary evil a call to confront our culture of fear and a journey to find words to come to terms with the unspeakable so that it will no longer leave us mute. Great book dealing with evil Whole 1st part of book is asking key uestions so as to get them answered before dive into solutions 1 Where does Evil come fromKey here is that all philosophies and world views have to deal with evil Religious as well as non religious Sometimes secularist make out the fault is all religion2 What s so right about a world so wrong a Why me b Where is God c How can I stand it3 Are we really worse or just modern4 Do the differences between philosophies make a difference5 Isn t there something we can do6 Why can t I know what I need to know7 Isn t there any Good in all the bad

Os Guinness ☆ 9 SUMMARY

Of human experienceAuthor and speaker Os Guinness confronts our inability to understand evil let alone respond to it effectively by providing both a lexicon and a strategy for finding a way forward Since 911 much public discussion has centered on the destructiveness of extrem ist religion Guinness provocatively argues that this is far from an accurate picture and too easy an explanation In this expansive exploration of both the causes of modern evil and solutions for the future he faces our tragic recent past and our disturbing present with courageous honesty In order to live an “examined life” Guinness writes we must come to terms with our beliefs regarding evi. there are so many books on this topic that are much better than this one this one basically rips of all of kevin bales s work along with some other authors it s not even well written


9 thoughts on “Unspeakable Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror

  1. says:

    Guinness argues there are 3 ways to respond to the uestion of evil as an Eastern believer in the need to extinguish meaning; as a secularisthumanist believer that the individual creates meaning; or as a Christian believer that God gives meaning to human suffering by having suffered Himself1 The Buddhist remedy for suffering is stern even drastic If 'the great deathless lake of Nirvana' is a state of extinguishe

  2. says:

    What is the world's greatest problem? Me This was an incredibly difficult book to read because it deals with the central fact that we are all capable of great evil no matter how much we try to kid ourselves otherwise As a C

  3. says:

    This is the first book I've read by Os Guinness and I found him thoughtful and articulate What I liked most about this book was the care Guinn

  4. says:

    This book covers a variety of topics but mostly focuses on issues of evil in our world Included are how different religions view these issues and evil itself how they handle them and how Christians should face e

  5. says:

    there are so many books on this topic that are much better than this one this one basically rips of all of kevin bales's work along with some other authors it's not even well written

  6. says:

    Read this if you are a citizen of Earth

  7. says:

    One of the most honest and full treatments of the problem of evil It is a book that everyone should read

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    Great book dealing with evil Whole 1st part of book is asking key uestions so as to get them answered before dive into solutions 1 Where does Evil come from?Key here is that all philosophies and world views have to deal with evil Religious as well as non religious Sometimes secularist make out the fault is all religion2 What's so right about a world so wrong? a Why me? b Where is God? c How can I stand it?3 Ar