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God of the Tsunami: A theological reflection on the experience of disaster and some implications for how we live in our world

Rees, Frank D. (2011) God of the Tsunami: A theological reflection on the experience of disaster and some implications for how we live in our world. Torch Trinity Journal, 14 (1). pp. 70-81. ISSN 1598-7140

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    Abstract

    This presents a theological reflection upon the author’s experience of the earthquake and tsunami which struck Samoa in September 2009. Four ways of thinking of God in relation to the world are considered: God as cause, as in control, as companion and as consummator. Critical difficulties are found in relation to each of these, unless they are held together in a constructive way and consistent with a Christian understanding of God’s purposes in the world. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s assertion that ‘only the suffering God can help’ is examined, in terms of God’s capacity to help in the presence of disasters. From this reflection, seven elements are identified as arising from God’s enabling presence. These in turn suggest ways in which the churches might constructively respond to disaster situations.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): God, disaster, vulnerability, faith, hope
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Frank Rees
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 11:55
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2012 11:55
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/942

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