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In this part of the website Dr. Tonstad will from time to time contribute some additional insights and share thoughts on a variety of subjects addressed in his book. We will also invite others to write an article for all to see. If you are interested in being a blog contributor please feel free to submit your request and proposed article using the Feedback tab.

January 24, 2017

Chapter 14 in God of Sense is entitled, "The Sense of the Voice from the Whirlwind." God speaks to Job after (1) the friends have poured out venom on him and (2) told him that God will not speak and Job should not want God to speak. Interpreters disagree about the mean...

June 8, 2016

The illustrations show (1) the rape of the concubine in Judges 19 and (2) the Holocaust. The former directly, the latter indirectly are the topic of chapter 11, entitled "Sense Dismembered". This story is in many ways what spurred me to write the book. She has come to...

March 24, 2016

The murder of Abel raises many problems, the most acute of which is that God does not intervene to protect Abel. Cain, the brother's keeper, does not "keep" him. Cain and Abel are the subject of chapter 7 in my book, but the poem below is in the foreword.

here in this c...

March 16, 2016

Job's plight looms large in chapter 1 and chapter 14 of my book, and Job sets the stage for the theme of 'sense vs. non-sense.' When Elihu joins the fray, he is angry at Job for his alleged insolence and angry at the friends for their inability to silence Job. Elihu's...

March 15, 2016

Every one of William Blake's illustrations of the Book of Job are priceless. My cover illustration shows the suffering Job under fire by his three "friends," who were, in fact, his friends at an earlier point. Faced with calamities that are numbing by any standard, Job...

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Sigve K. Tonstad's God of Sense presents the Holocaust, not as a problem that defeats belief, but as the reality that demands a religious and theological account of evil and human existence.


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