Who is to Blame?: Disasters, Nature, and Acts of God

Who is to Blame?: Disasters, Nature, and Acts of God

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By (author) Robert White

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  • Publisher: Monarch Books
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 085721473X
  • ISBN 13: 9780857214737
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: 1st New edition
  • Illustrations note: 4pp colour plate section
  • Sales rank: 376,244

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How can an omnipotent God of love allow disasters? Bob White, a leading geophysicist, tackles one of the biggest conundrums in Christian thinking. He combines a profound knowledge of the science behind dramatic natural events with thorough research into their impact, and underpins it with a carefully reasoned theological response. Examining each type in turn, he illuminates the way in which human factors turn natural processes, without which the earth would be sterile and uninhabitable, into disasters: how population growth, widespread inequality, foolish farming and building practices, and climate change all contribute, exacerbating heat waves, famines, and droughts.

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Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a member of the American Geophysical Union. He is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. His scientific work is published in over 350 papers and articles.

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"Professor White offers a solidly Christian perspective on some of the most important events in our world: "natural disasters." Since "nature" is no more than the way God's own creation works, these disasters raise questions about God and his providence. Professor White responds to these questions in a theologically informed way and reminds Christians that we have the ability and the responsibility to mitigate the effects of such disasters." -- Douglas J Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation 20131205 Professor White produces a fresh and thought provoking slant by introducing hard science into answering the question "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Well worth reading. -- Professor Sam Berry 20131218 "This is one of the most helpful books I have read on the question that troubles all sensitive Christian minds - why is there evil and suffering in the world and why does God allow disasters? What will you get in this book? Good science and good theology. Robert White has a thorough understanding of both and roots all his thinking and writing in careful interpretation of key biblical teaching. What will you not get? Simplistic answers and solutions that either insult your intelligence or dismiss the pain of your suffering - or the suffering of those caught up in terrifying disasters or personal tragedy. This is not 'the answer we've all been waiting for'. But it goes a long way in helping us to respond wisely to realities we cannot ultimately explain, by giving us resources that are rich in biblical truth, scientific fact, and pastoral wisdom." -- Revd Dr Chris Wright 20140110 'A masterly survey of the natural phenomena that provide so generously for our well-being and development as humans on Planet Earth ... (celebrates) God's great capacity to turn the worst of seeming tragedies into the greatest of triumphs.' -- Sir John Houghton 20140113 "I am so grateful that Bob White has taken the time to write this book. His scientific expertise as a geophysicist gives his analysis of disasters depth and reliability. But more than that, he integrates his science with sociological and political insights, and then opens them up to careful biblical and theological exploration. The result is an amazing and significant volume, beautifully crafted, easy to read, and a wonderful resource for anyone who has ever thought about these issues." -- Elaine Storkey, philosopher, sociologist and theologian 20140324