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The Problem of Pain by [Lewis, C. S.]
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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

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''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

''A really remarkable book. It says so many things which seem to me to need saying today. It will help many people to revise what they had taken for granted and face possibilities which had not occurred to them.'' --Spectator

''This is an incredibly lucid and unprejudiced work . . . Lewis'treatise on suffering, read by [Simon Vance], is like listening to a very interesting, yet intellectually revered, friend talk about a thorny subject over a cup of tea.'' --Paradise

''The point about reading C. S. Lewis is that he makes you sure, whatever you believe, that religion accepted or rejected means something extremely serious, demanding the entire energy of the mind.'' --Harper's

''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 . . . The mind is expanded, God is magnified, and the reader is reminded that he is not the center of the universe . . . 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' inclination to set us straight with his charming wit and pious mind.'' --Amazon.com, editorial review

Product details

  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Revised ed. edition (May 28, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BD2USY
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