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by Denish D Souza
     
 

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For a lot of people, the biggest question about God is not, surprisingly enough, whether He exists. Instead, it is about whether God is truly good. Dinesh D’Souza, in his debates with leading atheists, quickly realized that many of those debates revolved around the question of evil in this world—how God could create a world that allowed such suffering and

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For a lot of people, the biggest question about God is not, surprisingly enough, whether He exists. Instead, it is about whether God is truly good. Dinesh D’Souza, in his debates with leading atheists, quickly realized that many of those debates revolved around the question of evil in this world—how God could create a world that allowed such suffering and evil.

In What’s So Great about God, Dinesh D’Souza takes these questions head-on: Does God act like a tyrant? Is God really responsible for the evil in this world? Why is there suffering in the world? For the first time ever, Dinesh D’Souza approaches this apologetic topic with historical and scientific proof and presents to the reader why God is truly worthy of our worship and love.

Previously published in hardcover as Godforsaken.

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Does God really care about us?
The biggest question about God is not, surprisingly enough, whether he exists. It’s whether he is really as great and good as he is purported to be. In this book, Dinesh D’Souza applies recent scientific discoveries in physics, astrophysics, and biology to the persistent problem of evil. The result is a stunningly new and well-reasoned exploration of why a great and good God can allow so much suffering in this world.

Yes, God cares. Investigate the facts for yourself.

Praise for What’s So Great about God
Atheists beware: this book contains incontrovertible evidence of a benevolent and omniscient Creator. — Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Dinesh D’Souza examines the strengths and weaknesses of the historic approaches to the problem of suffering and offers some provocative suggestions based upon more recent ideas of fine-tuning and the Anthropic Principle. The result is a readable and entertaining book. — Ian Hutchinson, physicist and professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT

In addition to reviewing the classic explorations of this most vexing problem, Dinesh D’Souza adds two provocative contributions: first, the perspective of a man born in India, a land that views suffering very differently from the West; second, an active engagement with the New Atheists, whom he counts as friends. — Philip Yancey, author of What’s So Amazing about Grace? Tyndale House Publishers

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Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/2013
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Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is there a God who cares? Yes. Hereas Proof 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"God forsaken" offers some very compelling proof for age old arguments from critics and atheists who claim that God does not care because there is so much suffering in the world. the arthur who is a former atheist who converted to christianity brings many intresting facts to share with the reader to show that there is indeed a loving God whean their is suffering. this book also awnsers the tough why questians for christians with amazing proof. great gift idea as well as for study groups. or pastor friend
Steven_Ruff More than 1 year ago
“God Forsaken; Bad Things Happen. Is There a God Who Cares? Yes. Here’s Proof.” is Dinesh D’Souza’s new book. As the title suggests, there is a portion of the population who feel this way. They feel as though God has abandoned them. They feel as though God does not care and even may be “out to get them”. D’Souza tackles what is arguably the most often-asked and most difficult question of our day to answer. How is it that God can be so good and at the same time allow evil and suffering in the world He created? He sets out to answer this question using a modern and scientific approach. D’Souza gives three purposes for writing this book. First, to “answer the atheist argument that evil and suffering in the world somehow contradict the idea of a God who is both omnipotent and good.” Second, to “convince both unbelievers and believers that there is a reason and purpose for evil and suffering”. Third, to “specifically address Christians who are suffering.” D’Souza writes from the vantage point of a debater, who through the years has debated many of the leading atheists of the day. For the most part, this book is written to address their own positions as it relates to the omnipotence of God and human suffering. In Chapter three, “Limits of Theodicy”, D’Souza defines theodicy as the “task of reconciling divine omnipotence and goodness with the existence and extent of evil and suffering in the world.” He says that for centuries Christian authors and thinkers have been active in this practice and have offered many different theories of vindication for God. D’Souza believe the standard and usual answers are no longer sufficient. God Forsaken meticulously lays out the reasons why an omnipotent God may allow evil and suffering in this world. Such reasons are that He may have a morally sufficient reason to allow it, there may be a greater good to be revealed through the evil and suffering, some evil is necessary for humans to exist, and much evil caused at the hands of humans themselves and not by God. These are simply stated here, but D’Souza defends these positions in great detail throughout his work. This book is not an easy read. It is written from a scientific approach, which at times is a hindrance. There is also very little scripture references throughout. Chapters five and six, covering God’s sovereignty and man’s free choice will likely frustrate the Calvinist readers and bring out the “straw man” arguments. I found the target audience to be a bit confusing. Is it a book for Christian apologists geared toward atheists, or is it book for Christian apologists to encourage other apologists? In spite of this ambiguity, this book will be well worth your time. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Paula_Greene More than 1 year ago
I have no interest in trying to persuade an atheist that God exists, and if He is good, why He allows so much evil and suffering in the world. But when my children or co-workers or friends are trying to make sense of why a good God allows bad things to happen, I seek out books that help me better understand and explain what the Bible says on these topics. I found a great resource in Dinesh D’Souza’s newest book God Forsaken (subtitled: Bad Things Happen. Is There a God Who Cares? Yes. Here’s Proof). D’Souza’s purpose is to not only respond to the atheist to show that there is no contradiction between suffering and the existence of God, but also to help Christians understand why God permits suffering and how we can love and relate to a God who often seems indifferent to suffering. D’Souza claims to offer a solution to the problem of evil that has not been offered before, a solution that complements and integrates existing answers. He leans on the Anthropic Principle – the princle of the fine-tuned universe. He logically illustrates that the divine architect wanted to make a lawful universe of human beings who could freely relate to Him – designed not in the best possible way but in the ONLY possible way for a God who is both loving and just. D’Souza also intelligently tackles other difficult issues like accusations that God is portrayed in the Old Testament as the perpetrator of violence and genocide. He also provides rationally convincing arguments for other difficult topics, like the existence of hell. The answers don’t make suffering go away or dry all tears. D’Souza admits that the intellectual solution to the problem of evil and suffering doesn’t solve the immediate emotional problem. He states, “This book helps to make suffering intelligible, and this, I believe, can provide in the end a profound consolation.” While we still mourn, we can draw closer to God instead of blaming Him as we see why He permits evil and suffering. D’Souza’s goal is to provide a rational ground for hope. I think he accomplishes this well. This book touched on a number of topics covered in my seminary philosophy class, but in a very readable and entertaining fashion. I did not agree with all of D’Souza’s theology, but I could still follow along and agree with the larger points he was making. This book isn’t beach material. I had to lay it aside on my vacation and pick it up when I returned when I was ready to put my thinking cap on. This is not to imply that it’s deeply academic, but it is easily readable in a mind-stretching way. I would recommend this book for those in ministry, counseling, or evangelism, or those who enjoy reading apologetic-genre books. I was provided a complementary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
sherylfullner More than 1 year ago
Other people have lengthy reviews of this book: mine will be brief. Dinesh D'souza writes clearly without too much theological jargon. His ideas are accessible to an average reader. I doubt that any atheists or agnostics would be swayed by his reasoning, but Christians might use this book as a springboard to deeper thought. D'Souza spends most of the pages trying to "let God off the hook" (apparently the same "hook" that landed God in the Dock.) C.S. Lewis did it with considerably more economy in Perelandra where the Venusian "Eve" is not tempted to go racing off after her Adam, but rather to simply receive what God has willed to her, the gift of Himself, Enough. Dinesh examines the Fall as a rejection of the God Who is Enough and quotes Anselm at length. A useful book and a relatively quick read in plain language. It is a style of writing that invites the reader to take sides every few pages...sometimes with the author, sometimes not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those on either side of the arguments there was something to think about. I read through this pretty quickly - it was interesting all the way through and had a lot of stuff I had never heard before. I did not agree with all of his arguments (though I am a Chrstian myself) and the author did seem a bit full of himself occasionally, but the book was still a useful entry into the debate about God and was straightforward and earnest. I liked the autobiograpical bits also.
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Saggyroy More than 1 year ago
As an atheist I bought the book to learn more about the Christian views of theodicy. I was hopeful in the beginning when DeSouza says he is going to use science and reason to show that God is not responsible for the evil and suffreing in the world. However, half of the book has so far described Adam and Eve's Fall, Lucifers fall, why some angels joined Lucifer, and why some didn't, why God created the world the way he did (apparently he was limited in choices). I gave it 2 stars because I liked his writing style, and he is very engaging. He does not seem to grasp the atheist position the way atheists get the Christian position because most of us come from a religious background.
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lcjohnson1988 More than 1 year ago
Title: God Forsaken Author: Dinesh D’Souza Pages: 288 Publisher: Tyndale Year: 2012 Note: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers for review. The title of this book may lead you to wonder what it is about. Perhaps the subtitle will help as it reads: “Bad things happen. Is there a God who cares? YES. Here’s the proof.” As a Christian, why would I read this? Personally, even when going through trials and painful hardships, there has never been anyone closer than Christ. For me, He is the answer, the hope, the anchor, and His Word speaks and touches my heart. I wanted to read the book so I could see what the author’s purpose was within the pages. Also, it is good to read a book that causes one to think and can help to shore up Biblical beliefs that one may or may not have. Biblical beliefs aren’t those espoused by any particular preacher or denomination, but by the only authority I believe exists, the Word of God. When I read a book like this, I have the book in one hand and a pen in the other. I note my thoughts, reactions, and questions----basically anything that causes me to think. It is one way to stay focused and it helps me locate, if the need arises, any portion of the book that I read and want to take note of. There are many topics covered in this book that I admit I don’t understand, but is that really what is necessary? I don’t believe it is. Knowing the Word is of utmost importance and that alone will help all of us be able to discern when we are reading if what we are reading has any basis in biblical truth or not. While there may be areas or points in the book not clearly taught in the Word, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind any Scripture to help us understand if we ask Him to show us. Does that mean we always understand or our opinion is always right? No. However, if we are to love God, we must love Him with all our being and that includes our minds. This is the first book I have read by this author. He debates many of those people who don’t believe Christ is the only way to salvation due to questions they have that go unanswered as far as they are concerned. Yet, I believe that even if all their questions are answered, some will still choose not to believe in Christ. One of the main problems starting out with this book is the author’s attempt to marry Christian beliefs with other ideas of men. Throughout the book, the writer quotes the many papers and books he has read. He shares some of the questions raised and debated, and some questions have caused him to seek to find answers. All of us are looking for answers to many things, but where do we look? Mr. D’Souza’s book has a few redeeming points he makes about God and suffering. However, most of the book was spent in arguing not for God, but more why God needs to answer us or prove something. I don’t agree. If anyone has reason to answer to anyone, it is we who need to answer to God. While questions of faith arise in all who call upon the name of the Lord, it is of utmost importance to give what answers He has provided and let those questions we cannot answer remain unanswered. Why? Unanswered questions can be a very good opportunity to remember the infinite God and the finite man. We can rest in not knowing all the answers, but knowing He does. In His mercy, when Moses asked to see His face, God told Moses He would allow him to see His back. Why? For man to see God’s face with all our sinfulness exposed would certainly be deadly for man. Read it in the Old Testament. You see, God made us and He knows what we can and cannot handle. In His mercy, He has placed boundaries on what we can know so we don’t get “blown out of the water” by knowledge too wonderful on this side of heaven for us to know. Plus, He wants us to seek Him and to know He loves us. He wants us to place our faith in Him and not in what we know about Him. Sometimes we miss the simplicity of faith in Him because we think we have to “know” more or have all the answers. We don’t. We just need to believe Him, no more and certainly no less. My personal rating of this book is 1 star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author's "credentials" are head of a fake university in the Empire State building. His horrific and unpatriotic puppet masters are determined to destroy this country for their oen gains. Thus book was one of the worst pieces of trash I have ever had the displeasure of reading.