Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Synopsis

In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers. Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with the problem of evil--from the Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, and David Hume to Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, and Alvin Plantinga. Without brushing aside the serious contradictions posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters, and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse asks if a world completely without evil is what we truly want. Would a life without suffering be a meaningful life? Could free will exist if we were able to choose only good? Stackhouse examines what the best minds have had to say on these questions and boldly affirms that the benefits of evil, in fact, outweigh the costs. Finally, he points to Christian revelation--which promises the transformation of suffering into joy--as the best guide to God's dealings with the world.

Excerpt

Here is tonight's NEWSCAST:

"There was more trouble today in the Middle East. Three terrorists commandeered a school bus in east Jerusalem and then set off explosives that killed both themselves and . . .

"A major storm hit the west coast of India last night. Red Cross officials in Bombay estimate that dozens of people were killed, more than 300 injured, and thousands left homeless by the cyclone. Waves over forty feet high crashed ashore at . . .

"It is day four of the siege of the presidential palace mounted by military rebels in the African capital of . . .

"The White House announced this morning that yet another welfare program will be discontinued. This is the third such cutback this month, and administration spokesperson Maria Estevez said that Congress was to blame because . . .

"Here in the city, the trial of former mayor Stu Gardiner began this afternoon. Gardiner has been indicted on three counts of election fraud and has been linked to organized crime in his efforts to bring legalized gambling to . . .

"A four-car pileup on Route 261 last night resulted in five deaths, with three more victims listed as critical in Northwest General Hospi-

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