How does God respond to trauma in a world full of horrors?
Beyond their physical and emotional toll, the horrors of this world raise difficult theological and existential questions. Where is God in the darkest moments of the human experience? Is there any hope for recovery from the trauma generated by these horrors? There are no easy answers to these questions.
In God of All Comfort, Scott Harrower addresses these questions head on. Using the Gospel of Matthew as a backdrop, he argues for a Trinitarian approach to horrors, showing how God—in his triune nature—reveals himself to those who have experienced trauma. He explores the many ways God relates restoratively with humanity, showing how God’s light shines through the darkness of trauma.
Scott Harrower skillfully brings the pressing issue of trauma and horror into the realms of historic, Trinitarian, and creedal life of the church today. By leading us through ‘horror-attuned readings’ of the Gospels, he helps us to avoid the pitfalls of neglecting trauma as the present lens through which many of us read Scripture, but also without reducing trauma to the only lens. I initially thought this book would be an interesting read. But Harrower made me quickly realize how necessary this discussion is to understanding Scripture, theology, and our culture soaked in misappropriations of horror. Scripture as well as the church past and present have a horror-redeeming function, and Harrower aptly helps us navigate it.
—Dru Johnson, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, The King’s College
An impressive interdisciplinary, theological, and pastoral approach to horror and trauma. Scott Harrower invites us into the narratives of Scripture and the Gospel of Matthew to experience a triune God who meets those on the road towards recovering safety, a story, and community.
—Andrew Abernethy, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
In God of All Comfort, Scott Harrower spells out the Bible’s audacious claim: God works all things together for good (Rom 8:28). Experiences of horror can be turned into grounds of hope. Harrower’s Trinitarian theology of the healing and redeeming process opens up the windows of faith, hope, and love, through which the Spirit of Jesus can transform our lives in the midst of the horror of the present age.
—Roland Werner, Professor of Theology, Evangelische Hochschule Tabor (Marburg, Germany)
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Scott Harrower (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Theology and History at Ridley College, Melbourne. He is also an ordained Anglican pastor with previous experience in medical research and trauma rooms. He is author of Trinitarian Self and Salvation.