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From Misery to Hope

Encountering God in the Abyss of Suffering


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.

«‘From Misery to Hope’ is a profound and timely study of the perennial theological quest to find God in the midst of human suffering.» (Michael McCabe, SMA, Tangaza College, Nairobi)
«A model for how theology should be practised following the atrocities of the twentieth century.» (James Corkery, SJ, Milltown Institute, Dublin)