Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil
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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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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...more
Dec 19, 2008 Melanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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...more
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.
One of the most honest and full treatments of the problem of evil. It is a book that everyone should read.
Read this if you are a citizen of Earth.
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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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