dr. mark a. garcia
I Believe in Monsters: God, Horrendous
Evils and the Christian Faith
Nonbelievers insist that the reality of horrendous evils in the world cannot be squared with the Church’s confession of a God who is both good and powerful. The Church also confesses, in the Apostles’ Creed, that Jesus “descended into Hell.” But what does the suffering and death of Jesus have to do with natural disasters, genocide, severe disorders and depression, and other horrors of human experience? What do these things have to do with Jesus, and with the Christian lives of even those who do not suffer in these ways? And how does the Church respond in the face of horrendous evil? What is there to say? Or should we speak at all?
World Unraveling: Cosmic and Corporate Horrors and the Cross of Christ
Why does the Bible represent cosmic patterning as a mirror of moral patterning, and what does this have to do with an earth so often convulsing against itself? An exploration of the place of "natural" disasters and communal horrors such as genocide in the world of the Bible and in relation to the person and work of Jesus.
Questions for the Unbent, Shuddering Soul: Standing Within the World of the Bible
Orientation to the question of horrendous evils in relation to nonbelief, speechlessness, and the atonement. Noting the universal demand for justice in the face of evil, we must consider human recoil in the face of horrors as an expression of knowing God and the fear of judgment.
Raging Patience: Faith, Hope, and Love on Holy Saturday
What does the Church look like if she believes this clause in the Creed, "He descended into Hell"? And how does the Church corporately, and the Christian personally, react and respond to horrors without forgetting her other-worldly identity?
O the Mind, Mind has Mountains!: Private Horrors and the Cross of Christ
Cosmic and corporate horrors are public spectacles but, according to the Bible, they are inseparable from the largely invisible pains and torments that many suffer. An exploration of the place of private horrors, both physical and profound mental and emotional suffering, in the world of the Bible and in relation to the person and work of Jesus.