In a world where natural disasters are increasingly impacting our lives, this insightful book brings together a variety of voices to discuss how we can respond practically and faithfully to such tragedies.
Consciously making room for the perspectives of survivors, responders, and academics, it provides a multi-layered and compassionate examination of a difficult and often underexplored subject. As we try to make sense of a seemingly chaotic world that features earthquakes, tsunamis, and pandemics, readers will find this unique conversation a truly ispiring resource for thought, prayer, and action.
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About the Author
Roger Abbott is Senior Research Associate in ‘Natural’ Disasters for The Faraday Institute, Cambridge. Following many years in pastoral work, where his first introductions to responding to disasters were learned, he went on to gain his Ph.D. in a practical theology of major incident response in the U.K., before expanding his research experience more globally with The Faraday Institute. His publications include Sit on Our Hands, or Stand on Our Feet? (2013), Hello? Is Anyone There?, and Narratives of Faith from the Haiti Earthquake (2019). He has published in journals such as Religions and Practical Theology. He has also been a volunteer chaplain responder to major disasters in the U.K. and abroad. He is the author of What Good is God by Monarch.
Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. He is the author of Who is to Blame and What Good is God? by Monarch.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Disasters: Natural or Unnatural? 19
Chapter 2. Disasters, Injustice, and the Goodness of Creation 36
Chapter 3. “What Good is God?” Disasters, Faith,
and Resilience 55
Chapter 4. Physician Heal Thyself: His Grace is Sufficient 73
Chapter 5. Disasters, Blame, and Forgiveness (with Special Reference to the
“Lockerbie Disaster”) 90
Chapter 6. Haitian Womanhood, Faith, and Earthquakes 109
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Chapter 7. Disaster: What Survivors Think, and How Best to Help 124
Chapter 8. How One Church Survived Hurricane Katrina (and What They Learned, with the Help of God) 138
Chapter 9. Climate Change: A Disaster in Progress 154
Chapter 10. COVID-19 Pandemic: A Christian Perspective 171
Robert White and Roger Abbott
Roger Abbott and Robert White