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Author Stern, Gary, 1964-

Title Can God intervene? : how religion explains natural disasters / Gary Stern.

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.


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 UniM Bail  202.118 STER    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 229 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-224)and index.
Contents 1. The day after Christmas 2004 -- 2. The floods of the past -- 3. The Jewish perspective -- 4. The Roman Catholic perspective -- 5. The mainline Protestant perspective -- 6. The evangelical Christian perspective -- 7. The African American Christian perspective -- 8. The Muslim perspective -- 9. The Hindu perspective -- 10. The Buddhist perspective -- 11. The nonbeliever's perspective.
Summary "To explore various religious explanations of the tragedies inflicted by nature, author Gary Stern has interviewed 43 prominent religious leaders across the religious spectrum." "Stern asked each of them probing questions about what their religion teaches and what their faith professes regarding the presence of tragedy. Some feel that the forces of nature are simply impersonal, and some believe that God is omniscient but not omnipotent. Some claim that nature is ultimately destructive because of Original Sin, some assert that the victims of natural disasters are sinners who deserve to die, and some explain that natural disasters are the result of individual and collective karma. Still others profess that God causes suffering in order to test and purify the victims. Stern, an award-winning religion journalist, has extensive experience in this type of analytical journalism. The result is a work that probes and challenges real people's beliefs about a subject that, unfortunately, touches everyone's life."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Natural disasters -- Religious aspects.
Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 -- Religious aspects.
Natural disasters -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
ISBN 9780275989583 (alk. paper)
0275989585 (alk. paper)