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God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer

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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A worthy contribution to an old debate

Today in the developing world 26,000 children under the age of five died from malnutrition and diseases that are easily prevented or treated in wealthy societies. Tomorrow, another 26,000 will die painfully as their mothers cry and pray over them. It adds up to more...
Today in the developing world 26,000 children under the age of five died from malnutrition and diseases that are easily prevented or treated in wealthy societies. Tomorrow, another 26,000 will die painfully as their mothers cry and pray over them. It adds up to more than 9 million individual tragedies per year. Somehow, claims of free will and a prehistoric crime committed in the Garden of Eden don't quite make it acceptable, at least not in my mind. Those 9 million dead babies per year and many other horrors must trouble thoughtful and decent Christians who believe their god is both real and a force for good. Ehrman's book is good reading for anyone who is in interested in this very old problem of a good and just god controlling a world that is filled with constant horror and injustice. I highly recommend it for both nonbelievers and believers. --Guy P. Harrison, author of 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

posted by Anonymous on June 14, 2008

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4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Blind writhing in the intellectual and theological shallows

As one who has put years of thought to Christianity and the nature of the universe, I simply cannot understand books like this. Ehrman not only claims that the Bible fails to answer the question of why humans suffer, but also that this is the most important question. ...
As one who has put years of thought to Christianity and the nature of the universe, I simply cannot understand books like this. Ehrman not only claims that the Bible fails to answer the question of why humans suffer, but also that this is the most important question. Only a cursory amount of thought is needed to realize that neither of these claims are true. As the author himself points out, several answers to these questions are put forth within the Bible, and to my mind, while each of them is different and comes from a different standpoint, none of them contradict the others in any way; rather it is like looking at the different facets of the same gem. If Ehrman wants a simple answer to this question, he will not get one. Real answers to questions are seldom ever simple. Furthermore, independent treatments of this question have been successfully and intelligently undertaken in the writings of others such as C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, to name only a couple. Finally, it is quite ridiculous to state that this question is the most important question we can ask about God or the Bible. There are many much more important questions. To lose faith over such a shallow and elementary matter as this, as well as being sad and worthy of pity, is also quite thoughtless and foolish. Whether you're a believer or an atheist, you would do well to go to other sources than this for intelligent thought.

posted by MLucero on March 11, 2009

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Thought provoking

    Chronicles the author's personal journey of faith and the loss of it, using events of his life and biblical study to explain the loss. Ehrman does not try to persuade the reader to change their views but offers reasons why he came to his conclusions about suffering and faith. The book makes one ponder long accepted beliefs still taught today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    A good read, but not convincing.

    One preconceived notion that I had before reading the book was that I would be not able to defend against the arguments Dr. Ehrman presented in this very controversial title, but I was wrong. I think misinterpretation of scripture and a misunderstanding of God led Dr. Ehrman to the conclusions he now holds. As far as clarity and style of writing are concerned, the work was brilliant and very gripping. I enjoyed the read and am glad that I have the book, but I am not convinced as to the thesis presented.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    Don't push GOD.

    GOD can do all things but fail as for human being we are not perfect. Why we suffer is because of Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Because of them GOD said that every generation shall be cursed. We as human beings are not supposed to add nor subtract words from the bible.

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