If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question

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Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn't God Do Something About It?

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world?

In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully ...

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Overview

Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn't God Do Something About It?

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world?

In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds." All this adds up to comforting news for believers: We can rest assured that God is both loving and all-powerful.

Named an Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year

"This is classic Geisler--brilliant, incisive, succinct, convincing. He's one of the great defenders of Christianity."
--Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus

"This is one of the clearest, most comprehensive, and penetrating presentations on one of the most difficult problems that thinking Christians face."
--Ravi Zacharias, Author/speaker, President Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764208126
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 413,809
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Three Views on Evil 11

Chapter 2 The Nature of Evil 17

Chapter 3 The Origin of Evil 27

Chapter 4 The Persistence of Evil 35

Chapter 5 The Purpose of Evil 45

Chapter 6 The Avoidability of Evil 57

Chapter 7 The Problem of Physical Evil 71

Chapter 8 Miracles and Evil 83

Chapter 9 The Problem of Eternal Evil (Hell) 95

Chapter 10 What About Those Who Have Never Heard? 115

Appendix 1 Animal Death Before Adam 123

Appendix 2 Evidence for the Existence of God 131

Appendix 3 A Critique of The Shack 153

Bibliography 169

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    One of the best apologetic books I have ever read

    How many times have people questioned God because of disease, wars, natural disasters, death of loved ones, abuse, and other painful situations? What is worse, Christians often seem to be unable to find biblical answers to those in need of comfort. This is where this book is crucial. In a practical, sharp, thorough and precise way, Mr. Geisler makes an exhaustive exposition about Evil, considering different worldviews, and demonstrating why the existence of Evil even proves God's.
    So far, it is the only book about evil I have read that is a match for any philosopher more interested in human goals, which might sound very good, but are just a path away from our Creator. Despite its deep argumentation about Evil, including its nature, origin, persistence, purpose, avoidability, physicality, its apparently miraculous and eternal (Hell) nature, as well as those who have not heard about God, the author makes it very easy to read and provides every day examples that enlighten what he explains. He never ceases to patiently and accurately consider statements and critiques, leading the reader through logical argumentation, arriving to the answers of questions that seemed to be so distant, always with a sound, Biblical foundation. And, in case the reader is in need of further study, this book is also a compendium of materials that will allow anyone to know more about any of the worldviews referred to - the author himself recognizes that he cannot include every single question about evil he has been asked, or every single argument within human knowledge.
    The author includes three appendices. The first one is about animal death before Adam; I consider it to be a good introduction to the matter, as it refers to the different theories about creation. The second appendix is about evidence for the existence of God; it includes apologetic arguments that every Christian should know. Just as in the rest of the book, they include good references the reader can go to, if interested in the topic.
    The third appendix is a summarized critique about "The Shack," a very popular book that attempts to comfort people who have lost a loved one. It seems odd that Mr. Geisler included it, but after reading it, I understood why; as accepted as "The Shack" is, I consider that it is far from the God of the Bible. The whole article is found in the author's website.
    Overall, this is an invaluable apologetic tool that should be in every committed Christian's library.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. This did not bias my opinion on the book, nor on the author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    If God, Why Evil?

    In this highly intellectual book, Geisler knocks down many claims that atheists make about God not existing in an evil world. He uses bullet points and organized lists to clearly lay out each argument he makes. Bible verses are heavily used, with the majority of them being only referenced and not actually quoted on the page. What's more, Geisler does not just talk about pain and evil in an objective sense. No; he shares some deep and personal pain from his own life. While I do not agree with every single argument made in the book, the author does make some good points and points to how God is real and why evil is in the world. This would be a great gift to an atheist friend who likes solid arguments over "faith" talks.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

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    This book will change your views

    If God,Why Evil? by Dr. Norman Geisler is a book about evil and God. Let me begin by saying I had a very different view of God and evil before reading this book. I viewed Him as a God of not being good all the time because of everything that goes on in life (hurting people, sickness, wars, abortion, death, etc.). Now my views include: God is love, God is just, God is good, God is perfect etc.
    Also, I somehow believed that God created evil which is totally wrong. God is good so that means he cannot create evil. God gave the angels as well as humans a free will so satan choose his evil doings on his own. And this caused a great downward effect on this universe. I know God can fix it but we have to be patient with His timing.
    This book will totally change your view of God and evil. Dr Geisler breaks down some complex topics to simple and direct terms. Great book to keep in your library.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    If God, Why Evil? by Norman L Geisler {Book Review}

    I thoroughly looked forward to reading "If God, Why Evil?" by Norman L. Geisler to help understand the question asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. Touted by other reviewers as written in a way that the average person could understand I found it anything but. The book is confusing, hard to follow and I found myself struggling to get through the first few chapters. However I do believe the book to be an excellent resource for believers wishing for an in-depth theological study of why evil exists. I received a free copy of the book to review from Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review.

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