Where is God in Suffering?
Philosopher and catholic priest Fr. Brendan Purcell considers ways in which we can meaningfully reconcile our faith in God with a world that often appears to be plagued by great tragedy. In this deeply personal and impassioned book, Brendan Purcell explores the stories of historical and fictional figures whose unyielding faith in the face of great personal suffering provides solace for people today.
From Viktor Frankl and Etty Hillesum, both of whom endured the untold torments of concentration camps during World War 2, to the terminally ill teenager Chiara Luce Badano, whose trust in God never wavered, Where is God in Suffering? provides an impassioned rejoinder to commentators such as Stephen Fry and Peter Singer who doubt or deny the existence of God. Also included are touching accounts of the lives of friends whom the author has known over the years, and whose great stoicism and faith in adversity will provide inspiration to all those who share in their story.
About the Author:
Brendan Purcell is Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at Notre Dame University, Sydney Australia. Having studied philosophy at University College Dublin in Ireland, theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and psychology at the University of Leuven, he lectured in logic, psychology and philosophical anthropology at University College Dublin. He retired as Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy in 2008.
Brendan Purcell was ordained a priest of Dublin diocese in 1967 and is at present assistant priest at St Mary s Cathedral, Sydney Australia. He wrote The Drama of Humanity: Towards a Philosophy of Humanity in History (1996), and with Detlev Clemens edited and translated Hitler and the Germans, volume 31 of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (1999). He is also the author of From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution (Veritas, 2011).
The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Fr Brendan Purcell was published by Veritas in 2014. It is edited by Bishop Brendan Leahy and Professor David Walsh