A Theological Reflection on Reynolds Price's A Whole New Life

Nicola Hoggard Creegan

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In this essay, I write about the internal landscape of Christians responding to random affliction. I discuss the questions believers may struggle with in their quest
to make meaning in light of their connection to God, questions that are mostly hidden from a physician's gaze and from from ordinary everyday parlance: Is my
trust in God really justified? Have I done something wrong? Why does God allow some people to suffer more than others? I will also discuss the making of
meaning in absurd circumstances, and about all that is hidden beneath the external veil of a medically-described life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpirituality and Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationChristian Encounters
EditorsTim Meadowcroft, Caroline Blythe
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780992248536, 978-0-9922485-3-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Christianity
  • Illness
  • Crisis of faith
  • Cancer


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