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Marilyn McCord Adams
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Christ and Horrors

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Who would the Saviour have to be, what would the Saviour have to do to rescue human beings from the meaning-destroying experiences of their lives? This book offers a systematic Christology that is at once biblical and philosophical. Starting with human radical vulnerability to horrors such as permanent pain, sadistic abuse or genocide, it develops what must be true about C ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 21st 2006)
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Thomas
I might give this 3.5 stars if that was an option. A provocative and creative book which employs analytic philosophical tools to enlist Christology to solve the problem of horrors. While stimulating, and worthy of consideration, but, more importantly, critical engagement, the core of her argument fails at some key points, which, in turn, undermines her thesis. This is due in part to her complete willingness to move beyond Scripture in her theological and philosophical formulations. While the dep ...more
Sooho Lee
Christ and Horrors, a sequel to her previous Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God, is an audacious and much needed endeavor for the coherence of Christology in our horror-stricken world. Horrors are, in short, what prevent positive meaning making in human beings. Horrors are, then, broader than sin or evil. Therefore, for Adams, horrors are the true problem and inhibitor towards God's ultimate ends for creation: assimilative (make creation as much as God-like as possible) and unitive (union ...more
joe kim
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Creative, intricate historical analysis. I appreciate how seriously Adams considers the problem of "horrors" in this world, and her Christological solution of a metaphysically high and materially low Christ is compelling. Her historical analysis of perceiving the church's ebb towards Christ's divinity, and flow towards Christ's humanity, smoothly leads to her assertion for the need of integrating the "best" of these dimensions for an ontology of Christ which addresses well the inexplicable horro ...more
daniel
Mar 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, philosophy
This is an important book. I got bogged down with her discussions of medieval Catholic theology, but her philosophy and theology makes you face the implications of theology.

A soteriology that doesn't deal with the problem of human vulnerability to horrific evil is short-sighted at best, downright terrible at worst.
Andrew Marr
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very stimulating work on Christology with strong ontological backing, clearly written. As far as I know, this is the first Christological study to focus so strongly on issues of theodicy, although one can argue that theodicy is a key issue in Christology.
Billie Silvey
An excellent study of the atonement and the problem of evil. A little deep for me, but I slogged on through and was well rewarded.
Eric Reitan
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is really quite brilliant. It deeply affected my thinking about the atonement and its bearing on the problem of evil.
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