Order Supplement Series 4 

God, Evil, and Suffering:
Essays in Honor of Paul R. Sponheim
Edited by Terence E. Fretheim and Curtis L. Thompson

With gratitude and joy we present this volume to honor Paul Sponheim on the occasion of his retirement after nearly forty years as a productive scholar and teacher of the church. These essays by those who have been his colleagues and students are a labor of love on behalf of one who has labored in love for truth and justice. 

The theme of this volume, "God, Evil, and Suffering," was chosen in view of Paul Sponheim's interest in this arena of reflection. In one way or another the essays that follow address the question: How can the case for a loving God be made in the face of a world full of suffering and evil?

Most of the essays are oriented in terms of Paul's discipline, systematic theology; other essays in the field of Old and New Testaments, history of religions, and pastoral theology testify to Paul's broad interests, ongoing conversations, and teaching partnerships. 


Situating Paul Sponheim's Theology
Curtis Thompson

Part I — Justice and Justification

Is God Just?
John B. Cobb, Jr.

Divine Judgment and the Warming of the World: An Old Testament Perspective
Terence E. Fretheim

"You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good": Thinking Genesis 50:20
Frederick J. Gaiser

The Trouble With Human Rights: Confucius and Mission
Paul Varo Martinson

Sin, Scapegoating, and Justifying Faith
Ted Peters

The Case of Job: An Experiential Critique of Traditional Theology
Daniel J. Simundson

Part II — Suffering and the Other

Wisdom to Make the World Go On: On Disability and the Cultural Delegitimation of Suffering
Sharon V. Betcher

Paul's Sentence of Death (2 Corinthians 1:9)
David E. Fredrickson

Natural Evil: The Continuing Theological Challenge
Philip Hefner

Suffering Together with Christ: A Study of Romans 8:17
Arland J. Hultgren

To Love the Enemy: A Theological Problem
Ann Pederson

Suffering, Desire, Temptation, and Ecstatic Apologetics
Jonathan P. Strandjord

Sin in Feminist and Process Thought
Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

Part III — The Spirit of God and Salvation

Søren Kierkegaard's Cure for the Soul
Lois Malcolm

The Changing Face of Pastoral Care
Roland Martinson

"Your Sins Are Forgiven": Saved by the Life of Christ
Linda Lee Nelson

The Sighs of God: Kenosis, Quantum Theory, and the Spirit
Ernest L. Simmons

Suffering and Evil: The Difference Spirit Makes
Lee E. Snook

Potency and Humility: Acknowledging the Power of My Power
Curtis L. Thompson

Paul R. Sponheim: A Selected Bibliography
Kirsten Ann Scribner Mebust