God without the Idea of Evil
200 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 1 b&w illustration
Hardcover | 9780268205416 | September 2023
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268205409 | September 2023
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268205430 | September 2023
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With rich theological language that will appeal to a broad audience, this beautifully written book offers a hopeful interpretation of the problem of evil that plagues our time.
In God without the Idea of Evil, well-known French Catholic theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, O.P., seeks to rise above the apparent contradiction of faith and the existence of evil, suffering, and death. Originally published in France as Dieu sans idée du mal in 1982, a revised second edition came out in 1990, and in 2016 the book was released again with a foreword by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, which serves as the basis for the present translation. At its heart, this book contemplates the mystery of our election by God, which is expressed in the very fact of our existence. Garrigues addresses compelling theological topics—the concept of moral evil, the “redemptive charity” of Christ, the “journey” of human liberty, and the process of “nature becoming history”—with precise, poetically charged language that remains accessible.
Garrigues makes a passionate defense of the innocence of God in the face of moral evil. By enveloping us in his look, as Cardinal Schönborn writes in the foreword, “God encounters us in the very gift of being that he bestows upon us, and his eyes do not see our sin.” The book invites us to rediscover in the eyes of Jesus the eternal, continually renewed charm of the divine gaze. We are illumined and inspired by a vision of God who “does not see us through the evil in us,” but rather loves us from the infinite depths of his creative charity.
Jean-Miguel Garrigues, O.P., is professor emeritus at Domuni Universitas in Toulouse and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He is the author of eighteen books, including Une morale souple mais non sans boussole.
Gregory Casprini, O.S.B., has translated numerous works from French into English, including Dom Eugène Cardine’s An Overview of Gregorian Chant and Dom Jacques Hourlier’s Reflections on the Spirituality of Gregorian Chant.
Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P., is the archbishop of Vienna.
“This little work is destined to be a spiritual classic, and it is so because it has so many pages that are of such simple (and rare) beauty. It is deeply biblical throughout, and draws not only on the wisdom of Aquinas but also of Fathers such as Irenaeus, spiritual writers such as Catherine of Siena, and the works of the artists Fra Angelico and André Rublev.” —Michael D. Torre, editor of An Yves R. Simon Reader
“The questions God without the Idea of Evil addresses are of concern to almost all Christians, and the relative lack of technicality with which Garrigues addresses them should make the book accessible to a considerably larger audience.” —Paul J. Griffiths, author of Regret