God's Problem LP: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer

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Harper Collins, Feb 19, 2008 - Religion - 448 pages
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In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers:

  • The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin
  • The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings and God, after all, is God
  • Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it
  • All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

In God's Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith—or no faith—to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us.

  

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Review: God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question-Why We Suffer

User Review  - Denise Louise - Goodreads

The first Ehrman book that I read, Misquoting Jesus, was an objective, historic study of how the New Testament evolved over time and I thought it was a very good, informative book. This book is ... Read full review

Review: God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question-Why We Suffer

User Review  - John - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. The author looks at a question none of us enjoys thinking about - why is there such overwhelming suffering in the world? Suffering comes in all forms, crimes, thuggery ... Read full review

Contents

FOUR The Consequences of Sin
137
Redemptive Suffering
189
SIX Does Suffering Make Sense?
241
The Conclusion
399
Notes
427
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Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God's Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on NBC's Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, History, and major NPR programs.

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