Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil / Edition 1

Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil / Edition 1

by John G. Jr. Stackhouse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195137914

ISBN-13: 9780195137910

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring

Overview

In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers.
Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with the problem of evil—from the Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, and David Hume to Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, and Alvin Plantinga. Without brushing aside the serious contradictions posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters, and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse asks if a world completely without evil is what we truly want. Would a life without suffering be a meaningful life? Could free will exist if we were able to choose only good? Stackhouse examines what the best minds have had to say on these questions and boldly affirms that the benefits of evil, in fact, outweigh the costs. Finally, he points to Christian revelation—which promises the transformation of suffering into joy—as the best guide to God's dealings with the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195137910
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part 1Problems
Chapter 1Is There a Problem?11
Chapter 2What Is Evil?30
Chapter 3Further Problems45
Part 2Responses
Chapter 4Other Angles57
Chapter 5A Good World After All?68
Chapter 6The Fork in the Road88
Chapter 7Thinking and Living154
Notes177
Index193

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