Alan's Suffering and God's Love.
Why .Does God Permit Evil? Burns, °ate' Present Problems Series. Forewords by the Archbishop of Liverpool. Wrappers 2s.; cloth 3s. 6d.
Reviewed by STANLEY B. JAMES MANY of us probably, in spite of succes1'1 sive disappointments, still hope that, one of these days, some ingenious theologian will present us with a neat, portable theory which will enable us to solve satisfactorily the problem of evil.
Neither of these publications, however, even pretend to give us such a theory. What they do is more important. By telling us how to meet and overcome evil, they equip us for life in a suffering world.
Mgr. Messener's emphasis is on the need of surrendet to God's Will. But he is careful to point out that this does not mean mere resignation or handing oneself over passively to tribulation. Evil is to be interpreted in terms of Divine Love. Adopting that attitude towards it, we become its conquerors, and the reality of our conquest is shown by the fact that it is made contributory to our eternal welfare.
DOM Bruno Webo is more explicit in as
much as he shows lucidly how even sin is thus turned to account His exposition of the text " 0 Felic Cuipa,' is profound and enlightening.. His little book is distinguished by the courage with which he faces up to the difficulties of his subject and especially by the resolute manner in which he confronts the problem of animal suffering. Here, his scientific knowledge serves him well and makes his book a real contribution to the subject. It is refreshing to find devotion and science in so happy a partnership.
Both books, as is obvious from their titles, are Tracts for the Times.