My Guest Post at The New Normal: When God Seems Silent

One of my favorite novelists is the late Japanese writer Shusaku Endo. Endo was a Christian, and many of his novels and stories deal with the problems Christians in Japan have faced throughout the ages. His best known novel – though not my favorite of his – is called Silence. In it, a Catholic priest living in Japan as a missionary faces persecution. He and his parishioners are ordered to renounce their faith or face torture. He tells the church members that God will speak to them and comfort them in their trials. When he does not hear audibly from God, the priest publicly renounces his faith, though he continues to practice privately.

Throughout the book that bears his name, Job expects to hear from God, but he only gets silence. He addresses the silence he perceives from God in Chapter 30.

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