The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Paraclete Pr

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This beautiful, small, book is a thoughtful inquiry through which Scott Cairns hopes to come to terms with what he calls "the puzzlement of our afflictions." Drawing upon personal experience and a compelling range of early Christian traditions, Cairns offers the fruit of his pondering of suffering-his own, yours, ours. In doing so, he assembles witnesses-poets, prophets, and a gathering of wise men and women spanning centuries and cultures. Their insight will challenge and help you to appreciate the radical revision of human experience that Christ has established. "Given afflictionrs"s generous availability, and given the wide but so-far-unsatisfying range of apologia that the nagging enigma of our human suffering has provoked over the years, I thought I might press ahead for a somewhat more satisfying glimpse of why it is we suffer, and why it is that some of us-even among the apparently innocent-appear to suffer far more than others." The central argument ofThe End of Sufferingis most directly addressed by Simone Weilrs"s affirmation that "The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it."

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