Thursday, March 10, 2011

If God, Why Evil?

If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler addresses a difficult question that many of us -- believers and non-believers alike -- often struggle with.  Geisler speaks to the question from a variety of angles, presenting a wide array of arguments and then offering responses from scripture and the writings of others, as well as his own commentary.  Throughout the book, Geisler's arguments stay true to the fact that God is all-loving and all-powerful and that no valid explanation of evil goes against His character.

In an appendix to the book, Geisler provides a critique of The Shack, by William Young.  Although the critique seems to me to be only loosely connected with the rest of the book, Geisler's insights helped to put into concise terms some of the uneasiness I felt when I read that book.

This book is very different from the types of books that I normally read, namely fiction, inspirational Christian living, and women's Bible study.  I believe, though, that it is something I can go back to and gain more insight from in further study.

(This book was provided free of charge for review from Bethany House through their blogger program.)

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