I have decided to write a book about Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel is arguably the most important theological writer in the past fifty years. Wiesel wrote fifty-three books as a witness to what happened during the Holocaust. In many of these books he grappled with his understanding of God. I am planning to write a book dealing with Wiesel’s understanding of God during those days.
In his first and most celebrated book, Night, Wiesel declares his problem with the justice of God. As he says, “I was no longer the accused. I was the accuser.” Wiesel wrote his many books in the name of those millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Their voices had been stilled but their questions could not be silenced. Wiesel wrote on their behalf and asked questions about the character and methodology of God. The strange part about Wiesel’s work is he did not see his questions as a sign of unbelief but as part of a commitment to God and God’s promises.
Whenever a writer writes, the blank page or screen stares back and makes him or her wonder if they have anything worthwhile to say. But this book has been cooking inside me for many years. So here it goes.