Closest Book Meme
I just saw this on Marko's blog…
The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!
As soon as I read this I spun around in my chair to see what book was the closest to me. It was obvious: A complimentary copy of Evil And the Justice Of God by N.T. Wright was mailed to me this morning and it was sitting on my table. I haven't even cracked it open yet, so reading the 5th sentence of page 123 will be my first of the book.
Here it is....page 123, sentence 5 (and then the next four):
"Again and again one hears it said or implied that some people are simply "evil" and must therefore be locked up for a long time. Over against this, an older generation of liberal thinkers, alarmed at the thought that there might actually be such a thing as "evil"--which they thought had been banished by act of Congress and better drains--tried to insist that nobody was evil at all, merely misguided, and that the misguiding had been done by society as a whole, so that all of us were equally guilty. The political pendulum has swung between these two extremes: the one side seeking to lock up more and more of the population without realizing that they were thereby creating universities of crime; and the other side trying to look the other way and pretend, with a fine suburban detachment, that everything is really all right after all."
Okay, I sort of bent rule #4 and only included the next two sentences because A) this author loves really long sentences and b) because it was the end of the paragraph.
This isn't typically a book I would read cover to cover, and probably still won't. But It does look like one worth keeping. It may hold some good insight into the classic JH question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people.