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From Misery to Hope

Encountering God in the Abyss of Suffering

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Joseph Egan

How can one believe in a God of love amid all the evil and suffering found in the world? How does one do theology ‘after Auschwitz’, while vast numbers of people still have to endure violent oppression every day? This book seeks to address such questions from a standpoint informed by life in Africa, which in the face of extraordinary difficulties bears witness to Gospel hope by demonstrating forgiveness in action and promoting reconciliation.
The work unfolds in two parts. In the first part, a description of the misery that characterises much of life in Africa in the recent past opens up to a theological consideration of the underlying causes and of God’s response to them. In the second part, the joy which is so characteristic of life in Africa even in places of immense suffering sets the scene for detailed reflections on liturgy, memory, forgiveness and hope.

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Index Abba, 129, 135, 209 Abel, 77, 172, 301, 324 Abraham, 294 Adam, 54–55 and Eve, 77, 86 sin of, 183 Africa’s “first world war”, 8 African, synod, 21 traditional religions, 25–30, 31, 38, 85, 86, 165 worldview, 25, 279 agricultural policy, 36 aid, humanitarian, 9, 32, 35–36 AK47 rifle, 159 Algeria, 14, 55 Alison, James, 70, 71, 131, 263 Alphonsus, St, 244 amendment, of life, 275, 281 amnesia (see also forgetfulness), 98, 203, 205, 227, 250, 283 amnesty, 240, 282, 283 anamnesis (see also memory), 224, 226, 227 ancestors (ancestral spirits), 27, 89, 280 anthropology, of evil, 48–60 of fallibility, 162 of forgiveness, 242–265 of misfortune, 38 of the victims, 242 of the victors, 242 apartheid, 14, 24, 47, 240–241, 282 apathy, 30, 38, 179, 201, 202, 205, 209 Arendt, Hannah, 151, 242, 250 arms trade, 20, 33, 34 Augustine, St, 55–60, 62 n. 53, 86, 164 n. 13 Auschwitz, x, 85, 159, 160, 239, 325, 328 Ayacucho, 160 Babylon, 91, 302, 303, 323 Bailie, Gil, 47, 48 Baptism, 219, 265 n. 81, 275 Bauckham, Richard, 300, 301, 302 Beatitudes, 187, 311, 316, 318 Belgium, 19 Benjamin, Walter, 288–290 Bergner, Daniel, 5 n. 7 and n. 9, 16, 47 Berkeley, Bill, 3, 26 n. 73 Berlin, 18 Bernstein, Richard, 42 n. 4, 73 Big Man Syndrome, 26 Bilharzia, 14 Blair, Tony, 32 blame, for Africa’s problems, 16, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 40, 47 on God, 98, 99 on others,...

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