ACADEMIC PROJECTS BY TOM HOLMÉN
In a forthcoming monograph titled Theodicy and the Cross of Christ I will argue that in the New Testament, the Bible, and their world three concepts served as centers of theodicean thinking:
The big question to be answered is why understanding suffering does not emerge as a problem in the New Testament. While attempts to cope with suffering are various and frequent, the perplexed cry “Why?” (found, e.g., in Psalms) as well as attempts to answer it are conspicuously absent.
I suggest that there are two opposite approaches to this question, represented here by people with personal involvement in the issue:
Only the suffering God can help.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, death camp victim
Thou who never lost a battle, stand by me!
– Charles Albert Tindley, son of a slave