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If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question Paperback – February 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world?
In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds." All this adds up to comforting news for believers: We can rest assured that God is both loving and all-powerful.
Named an Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year
"This is classic Geisler--brilliant, incisive, succinct, convincing. He's one of the great defenders of Christianity."
--Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus
"This is one of the clearest, most comprehensive, and penetrating presentations on one of the most difficult problems that thinking Christians face."
--Ravi Zacharias, Author/speaker, President Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
About the Author
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He is the author/coauthor of more than 100 books including I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True, The Big Book of Apologetics, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, When Skeptics Ask, When Critics Ask, From God to Us, A History of Western Philosophy, Defending Inerrancy, Systematic Theology, If God Why Evil, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Apologetics, and Biblical Inerrancy.
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Geisler's focus in dealing with the Problem of Evil is to use various logical premises to come to a conclusion. What he does is breaks the logical argument into small concepts that can each either build upon each other into a theory, belief or fact, or they can be individually critiqued to find out where the logic is flawed. He starts off with the skeptic's logical concepts, like:
.....1) God created all things.
.....2) Evil is something.
.....3) Therefore, God created evil.
From here, Dr. Geisler takes each of the three premises to see if the argument is sound or if it contains flaws. Dr. Geisler's argument in this case is that evil is not a created item, but a corruption of the good God created. He discusses how this logical flow breaks down in premise two, and should be rephrased to say:
.....1) God created all things.
.....2) Evil is not a thing.
.....3) Hence, God did not create evil.
This does not end the discussion on this issue, as there are critiques of his stance such as 'why didn't God make incorruptible things?Read more ›
The ten chapters with topics that Geisler addresses are:
Three Views on Evil
The Nature of Evil
The Origin of Evil
The Persistence of Evil
The Purpose of Evil
The Avoidability of Evil
The Problem of Physical Evil
Miracles and Evil
The Problem of Eternal Evil (Hell)
What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
Geisler presents arguments for the existence of the Christian God: a separate being from his creation, who is all-knowing, all-loving, all-just, and all-powerful. He asks blunt questions: if this evil type of situation exists, how can God be there also?
Geisler sets up the arguments against God in a syllogistic format, stating the premises that lead to disbelieving that God exists, and then discusses why some of the premises may be faulty.
His arguments are elegant, with information that takes time to digest. Even so, the book is only about 175 pages, certainly not over-intimidating. Geisler also includes three appendices: Animal death before Adam, Evidence for the existence of God, and a Critique of The Shack, that are provocative.
As a Christian I found Geisler's arguments compelling. At the same time, while talking with atheists I find that straight logic is usually not sufficient to "prove" God's existence, although God's existence can be strongly supported.Read more ›
The last three appendices comprise of materials that cover animal deaths, proving the existence of God, and a book critique of The Shack. They do not seem to fit into the overall flow of the book. Yet, they are somewhat relevant to the topic of suffering. They are helpful chapters, but I feel are not necessary toward the overall thesis of the book. What surprises me is the way Geisler squeezed into the appendices a sharp critique of Paul Young's The Shack. A little uncalled for, I thought.
I am amazed at how the author treats the topic sensitively and clearly, without sacrificing the breadth of coverage. My main critique is that Geisler fails to include more of the alternative arguments from the standpoint of the questioner. For example, in arguing the Best Possible World theory, what about the arguments against this? At times, I feel like Geisler is over-enthusiastic to present his side of the story, that he understates the 'other point of view.' I believe Geisler is right on many fronts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must-read for those who struggle with this eternal question "How can a good God allow pain and suffering in the world? Read morePublished 18 days ago by Daniel F. Fisher
The book delves into many of the questions posed by non-Chrirlstians which are answerable, but are unknown to most Christians. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Macdonald
Comically ridiculous. I am embarassed for the author but is a good illustration of alk the nonsensical hoops one must buy into in order to believe,Published 1 month ago by David Shank
I'm a pastor and this is Best book on God vs. evil I've read.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great! Great book! Puts in word what we know as biblical Christians. Really enjoyed it. Buy it and give it to your unbelieving friendPublished 5 months ago by Antonio