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The Problem of Pain answers the universal question, "Why would an all-loving, all-knowing God allow people to experience pain and suffering?" Master Christian apologist C.S. Lewis asserts that pain is a problem because our finite, human minds selfishly believe that pain-free lives would prove that God loves us. In truth, by asking for this, we want God to love us less, not more than he does. "Love, in its own nature, demands the perfecting of the beloved; that the mere 'kindness' which tolerates anything except suffering in its object is, in that respect at the opposite pole from Love." In addressing "Divine Omnipotence," "Human Wickedness," "Human Pain," and "Heaven," Lewis succeeds in lifting the reader from his frame of reference by artfully capitulating these topics into a conversational tone, which makes his assertions easy to swallow and even easier to digest. Lewis is straightforward in aim as well as honest about his impediments, saying, "I am not arguing that pain is not painful. Pain hurts. I am only trying to show that the old Christian doctrine that being made perfect through suffering is not incredible. To prove it palatable is beyond my design." The mind is expanded, God is magnified, and the reader is reminded that he is not the center of the universe as Lewis carefully rolls through the dissertation that suffering is God's will in preparing the believer for heaven and for the full weight of glory that awaits him there. While many of us naively wish that God had designed a "less glorious and less arduous destiny" for his children, the fortune lies in Lewis's inclination to set us straight with his charming wit and pious mind. --Jill Heatherly
“It is really a pleasure to be able to praise a book unreservedly, and that is just what I can do with The Problem of Pain .” (Guardian)See all Editorial Reviews
I would read anything by C.S.Lewis--even a grocery list. Sometimes he gets a little esoteric--but still food for thought--a little "chewy" this time, but pain is definitely... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Peggy Jefferson
wonderful book if you have not read it - a must read - C.S. Lewis at his best - the hardback book is wonderfulPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first of Lewis' books (outside his fiction) I've read. I assume the general audience is a Christian one, though there is appeal here if you are looking to better... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Some Writer's Life
You cant ever go wrong with C S Lewis! He was one of the great ones, and if you are saved you will meet him heaven someday soon.Published 1 month ago by MDTTT
Simply splendid analysis of day to day trials/suffering and how it fits into Gods greater plan, our sanctification, while strongly supporting and proofing Gods love for us. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Travis