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Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil

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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 9/11 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.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by HarperOne (first published February 1st 2005)
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Mary Overton
Guinness argues there are 3 ways to respond to the question of evil: as an Eastern believer in the need to extinguish meaning; as a secularist/humanist believer that the individual creates meaning; or as a Christian believer that God gives meaning to human suffering by having suffered Himself.

(1) "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
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Melanie
Dec 19, 2008 Melanie rated it liked it
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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 Guinness gave to examining evil and suffering through the many voices of men and women who have encountered it--I was impressed by how well-read he seems, and his art in pulling so many voices into his work. I also liked Guinness' section on how the differences between our answers to the challenge of evil and suffering, and the responses that flow from these ...more
Lydia
Jun 05, 2016 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 evil.

As an adult, I would guess it is impossible to not have had to face the realities of evil in some way, and this book helps guide that thought process. It calls evil what it is; does not descend into despair, in fact, spends much of the time facing evil by showing how we are call

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Douglas
Nov 04, 2010 Douglas rated it really liked it
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 Christian pastor, I like to pretend that I'm a good person, but the reality is that evil is as resident in my heart as it is on the heart of every person on Earth.

This would have been a 5 star review except that the first 75-80 pages were a slog to get through. Past that poi
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Sheri-lee
Feb 01, 2013 Sheri-lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most honest and full treatments of the problem of evil. It is a book that everyone should read.
Sarah
Aug 25, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeanann
Jul 14, 2013 Jeanann rated it liked it
Read this if you are a citizen of Earth.
Tiffany
The book provides interesting insights on our distorted view of terrorism. It challenges you to think about terrorism much more broadly than is typical - it's not just bombs being set off in markeplaces but it's also terrorist regimes that have been given so level of legitimacy by a lack of response or commerce activity. In that light, terrorism is an issue that has been with us for a very long time - really through most of recorded human history.

Beyond this view and the need to recognize that
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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washi ...more
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“When we learn the wrong lessons of history, evil is reinforced rather than restrained- particularly when we use the injuries of the past to serve the interests of the future and ignore the injustices of the present.” 1 likes
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