|Subline||Rebuilding faith when bad stuff happens|
|Date Added||9 Jul 2012|
- Modern Believing, January 2014Review by Michael Brierley
- Overall, this book is a valuable addition, from a professional musician, to the theological literature that sees God as an artist or composer, as well as a steady and reliable guide for Christians who genuinely want to take suffering seriously. (Posted on 20/03/2014)
- ReviewReview by The Revd Dr John Searle OBE
- Do we need yet another book on a God of love and the problem of evil? Christians certainly need this one! It is written in response to a devastating personal experience of evil. With ruthless logic, deep compassion and a pastoral heart Longson beats a scholarly path through science, theology, philosophy and literature questioning much of conservative Christian understanding of theodicy. Out of the wreckage he builds something where the world as it is, human life as we experience it and a God of love can reside together. It is essential reading for all who seek to bring the love of God to a world which groans under the weight of suffering and evil. (Posted on 10/12/2012)
- Church Times, July 6th 2012Review by Sue Atkinson
Peter Longson's God in the Dark is an exquisitely written exploration of the problem of suffering the biggest question about faith for many people. His daughter was sexually abused as a young child, and then, just as she was getting her life together as a teenager, she was raped.
Longson's style is relaxed and poetic, with just the right amount of personal information within his carefully argued search to understand why 'bad stuff happens'. I particularly like his work on science, building on some of the work of John Polkinghorne, and linking the Big Bang and evolution into a section on 'the way the world is'.
The book is utterly honest, and his section on the things we say to people when they have had their world rocked by tragedy is essential reading for any who try to care for those who are suffering. 'It could have been worse' and 'God was with her' don't help, because of the deep pain that this kind of statement can cause. Everyone who has suffered and has had this kind of trite nonsense told them will identify with the author's hurt and then with his exploration of why humans deliver this kind of glibness, seemingly unaware of the grief caused.
With a mixture of science, theology, and philosophy, Longson pulls off an astonishing, deep, and coherent argument by far the best and most life-affirming book that I have ever read about the problem of pain. It has a profound conclusion that is deeply satisfying. (Posted on 10/12/2012)