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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Excellent on most points

    C.S. Lewis is absolutely amazing in tthis book! His insight into God's use of pain and suffering in the life of the believer is phoenominal. On top of that, I learned a LOT of new words. I only had two issues with the book: his treatment of the Fall and Hell. It's clear that he doesnt take some scriptures seriously. Other than that, it's an awesome book.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    In C. S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain , the author deals wi

    In C. S. Lewis' <i>The Problem of Pain</i>
    , the author deals with how Christians confront the issues of suffering and pain. This is important, because, as Randy Alcorn points out in his recent book, <i>If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil</i>
    (which is very much in the same vein of logic and theology as Lewis in <i>Problem</i>
    ), this issue is the one that challenges many people, and causes them to doubt God's existence, goodness, or power. I can see why, and if we are honest, we all can.

    You see, how do we maintain belief in a good God when the universe is so evil? Or how can we believe a good God is omniscient and omnipotent in this life that is at times so terrible? Lewis attempts to answer this problem.

    He starts in a simple direction, as in all of his writings, by beginning with simple concepts of pain, justice, our understanding of these and other factors. He then expands on his thesis until he gets to the meat and bones of how the Bible addresses this issue.

    The only area I have problems with his arguments is on the issue of animals. Animals do not have souls in the ways we do, but they do have some type of soul. Some type of internal life granted them by the Divine will. The Bible is clear on this, and states that they will be in Heaven, are in Heaven right now, in fact. Maybe it won't be the same animal we knew, maybe it will be.

    We can eat animals, and we can have them to experiment on, humanely, of course. That is not the issue. The issue is that they are still loved and valued by God, so while we rule over them, we must do so humanely.

    This was a really nice treatment of the topic, though I admit that I prefer Randy Alcorn's book earlier described. It is more complete and thorough, but for a quicker and less time-consuming handling of the topic, <i>The Problem of Pain</i>
    works great.

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