Three Perspectives on Tragedy and Suffering: The Relevance of Near-Death Experience Research

Volume
Volume 16
Issue
Spring 1988
Title
Three Perspectives on Tragedy and Suffering: The Relevance of Near-Death Experience Research
Abstract

Three perspectives on the problem of tragedy and suffering-€”atheistic-materialistic (AM), theistic-sovereign (TS), and theistic-consoling (TC)-€”are related to findings and implications of recent research on the near-death experience (NDE). The classic theodicic problem is the question of how to reconcile human tragedy and suffering with a supremely loving and powerful God. AM assumptions preclude the problem: since "€œGod"€ is preempted by a materialist ontology, there is no divine entity with whom tragedy must be reconciled. The TS and TC perspectives acknowledge but emphasize alternative features of God, namely, sovereignty and love, respectively. Overall, NDE research is relevant and partially helpful-€”but not definitive-with respect to an evaluation of the three perspectives on the problem of tragedy and suffering.

Author
J.C. Gibbs
Pages
21 - 33
Price
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