This article arose from a discussion on listserve that deals with clients who have suffered unspeakable abuse and torture. Rev. Lynn James wrote a wonderful response on the subject of Theodicy: Spirtuality, Evil, and Suffering, that is the best thing I've seen on the subject. She expanded it for Ellen Lacter's blog. Here is the link,
Here are two similar views of the Penn State child abuse debacle. One from the anonymous humble2humble blog (obviously by a man of faith who understands child abuse): http://humble2humble.blogspot.com/2011_11_01_archive.html. The second is by David Brooks, from yesterday's NYT's: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/opinion/brooks-lets-all-feel-superior.html Both speak to the commonality of denial and avoidance. Both are great writing. What do you think?
A great article about why we have aggression towards "the other" and how to cultivate identification and peace inside and outside of us. The Wolf of Hate by Rick Hanson on mentalhelp.net
I've had to confront evil again. In my every day life, I see it all the time. 60% of my clients have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by the adults, mostly their parents, who were in charge of them. As a consultant I hear therapists' most horrific cases. I read the newspapers.This political election