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Steven Ledbetter Quest for the Living God Chapter 3 Summary Theology 105 B Due: 26 September 2016 Quest for the Living God Chapter 3 Summary Theodicy: attempts to justify the existence of evil or suffering when God is all- powerful After WWII, many theologians felt that its explanations (suffering punishes sin, tests character, etc) were inadequate in the face of genocide Theologians Jurgen Moltmann, Dorothee Soelle, and Johann Baptist Metz decided to devote their theological explorations toward extreme suffering in the world They found that people cannot simply ignore suffering around them or trying to avoid it altogether, as that leads to boredom, stagnation, apathy, and an avoidance of a rich life They used the term "political theology" to describe a way to connect speech about God to the "polis" (Greek for city), the public good of the massive community, emphasizing compassion in solidarity with victims of suffering
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