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God, Medicine, and Suffering

Stanley Hauerwas


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Why does a good and all-powerful God allow us to experience pain and suffering? According to Stanley Hauerwas, asking this question is a theological mistake. Drawing heavily on stories of ill and dying children to illustrate and clarify his discussion of theological-philosophical issues, Hauerwas explores why we so fervently seek explanations for suffering and evil, and he shows how modern medicine has become a god to which we look (in vain) for deliverance from the evils of disease and mortality.

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9780802808967, 168pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 1994