The Beauty and the Horror

The Beauty and the Horror : Searching For God In A Suffering World

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Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. Although we can all give meaning to our lives by trying to live well, is there some given meaning to be discovered? Science cannot answer this question, and philosophical arguments leave the issue open. The monotheistic religions claim that the meaning has been revealed to us, and Christians see this is above all in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Described by Rowan Williams as `that rarity, a Christian public intellectual', Richard Harries considers the Christian claim in the context of an in-depth discussion of the nature of evil and how this is to be reconciled with a just and loving God. Drawing on a wide range of modern literature, he argues that belief in the resurrection and hope in the face of death is fundamental to faith, and suggests that while there is no final intellectual answer to the problem of evil, we must all, believer and nonbeliever alike, protest against the world and seek to change it, rather than accept it as it is.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0281076952
  • 9780281076956
  • 823,149

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For anyone who is fascinated by the phenomenon of religion, this is a deeply interesting book.', Mary Warnock DBE, FBA, FMedSci 'In a world so obviously imperfect and bearing no obvious hallmarks of purpose, the challenges facing Christianity are severe. Richard Harries is one of those who realise that and takes the challenges seriously. Those of us who are not in the end persuaded by his Christian defence can nonetheless appreciate the sensitivity and intelligence with which it is mounted. It is the best case that could be made.', Andrew Copson, Director of the British Humanist Society 'Mingling intellectual rigour with spiritual wisdom, Harries helps his readers to grasp the relevance of the insights at the core of the Christian faith.', Alister E. McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford 'With all his characteristic clarity of thought, Richard Harries probes how we can find God in suffering and horror as well as beauty. . . The result is a profound statement of what it means to have faith in the living tradition of Christianity, guided by hope and love.' ', Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University 'The Beauty and the Horror is the most compelling exploration of suffering in the world that I have ever read. . . Written with grace and clarity, this is a book of rare power - such that, once you have finished it, you know you have been changed.', Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary 'A heartening book, confronting the hardest questions with wide knowledge and deep wisdom.', John Carey, Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, and Chief Literary Reviewer for the Sunday Times
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About Richard Harries

Richard Harries is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. After nineteen years as Bishop of Oxford he was made a Life Peer (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) and he remains active in the House of Lords on human rights issue. He is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Divinity and a Visiting Professor of Theology at King's College, London, where he was formerly Dean. His voice is well known to many through his regular contributions to the Today programme.

Among his many highly commended books are The Re-enchantment of Morality, which was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize, and Art and the Beauty of God, selected as book of the year by Anthony Burgess in The Observer.
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