Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A Confrontation With Evil

By Alexander Samuels

Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror (HarperCollins Publishing, 2005), by Os Guinness, is the best book I have read on the subject of evil since I completed a philosophy class on "The Problem of Evil" in college. This book will speak to and challenge . . . people of all faiths as well as those who profess no faith. Through personal accounts and the dark background of much of human history, the reality of evil confronts us on every page.

Although Guinness takes us on an almost visual tour of evil through the eyes of eastern religions and secular philosophers, he concludes with the features that are essential to a Biblical response to evil and suffering:

  1. We must acknowledge that evil resides in each of our hearts.

  2. We must commit to forgiving the evil doer.

  3. We must make the commitment to take a practical stand against evil and injustice, whatever the cost.

In his conclusion, Os Guinness challenges us "not to resort to faith as a crutch because reason has stumbled, but rather to acknowledge that reason, in its long, arduous search, has come up short and that where it has stopped it has pointed beyond itself to answers that only faith can fulfill. In the face of the horror of the unspeakable, only such faith can provide the best truths to come to terms with evil, the highest courage to resist evil, the deepest love to care for those caught in its toils, and the profoundest hope of the prospect of a world beyond evil, beyond hatred, beyond oppression, and even beyond tears."

This book enters "My Recommended Reading List," and it is my hope that you'll order a copy and give it a read.


At Sunday, July 10, 2005 5:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an excellent book.

Sam Cain


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