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Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

John Swinton
SCM Press, London, 2018, xii + 264 pp, pbk.

Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil

This book is wisely and honestly entitled Raging with Compassion. From the very outset it is rooted in the lived reality of suffering, both in personal case studies and in contemporary events, and the ‘why Lord?’ questions which cause to rage against evil. Swinton draws out a hopeful, demanding and practical way of compassionate rage which resists and transforms suffering with a thesis that states theodicy should not proceed ‘as a series of disembodied arguments designed to defend God’s love, goodness, and power’ (4).

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