Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
LongInterlude

LongInterlude

Ratings: (0)|Views: 32 |Likes:
Published by Jim West
Part five of the review of Thomas Long's "What Shall We Say"
Part five of the review of Thomas Long's "What Shall We Say"

More info:

Categories:Types, Reviews
Published by: Jim West on Oct 31, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as RTF, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

11/01/2011

pdf

text

original

 
Long, Thomas G.,
What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and The Crisis of Faith
. Wm B.Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids. 2011.
 Interlude: Howl: Job and the Whirlwind 
Long’s ‘interlude’ brings readers face to face with the book of Job and its message. Amessage which Long is right to insist has been misunderstood or misread.He summarizes“The book of Job… is … about who God is and what it means to be
human at all 
when God is understood truly to be God. This great textstands over against the prevalent religious impulse to fabricate a wishful picture of the world, to imagine the sort of God who would rule benignlyover such a world, and then to bow down to worship before this projectionof our own sense of moral order” (p. 96).So, Long continues, the best way to read Job is as a drama in which the players signifytypes. So, he suggests,Eliphaz … is the embodiment of a mushy brand of self-serving piety (p.102). He doesn’t have faith, he has a ‘religious machine’ (p. 103).Bildad … is a religious authoritarian (p. 103).Zophar is a Bildad who has gone to Seminary (p. 104).And Job? Well Job is just a man who wants answers. But the answers God gives aren’t‘rational discourse’. They are… poetic, visionary address, and as such [they] gather up into anexperiential encounter that resists all reduction, and explanation (p. 107).So far as Long is concerned, then,Job comes to us [warning] us away from the presumption that we will findsome solution to the theodicy problem that will somehow ‘make sense’ tous independent of our relationship with God (p. 111).Leading Long to conclude that…awe in the presence of God is, indeed, the beginning of wisdom (p.111).And now my own questions are beginning to haunt me because while Iunderstand what Long is attempting (and am profoundly grateful for his

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->