The Guilt-Heavy Theology of Cotton Mather: Where Was God's Tender Mercy?

Friday, 03 Aug 2007

Suffering and death have evoked wails and questions of "Why?" in every age since Job. One need only scan the pages of today's newspapers or watch the nightly news to witness crushing pain and turmoil. Whether the distress is a result of human brutality or nature's cruelty, the outrage and sense of tragedy we feel leads us to consider once again the role of God in our riddle-filled existence. Cotton Mather's generation at the dawn of the eighteenth century was certainly no different. New England's intimate acquaintance with affliction came in ...

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