As a pastor’s wife I have often encountered people who have asked the question “If there is such a loving God, why are so many bad things allowed to happen?” It has been difficult to answer without seeming to give pat answers or weak arguments. If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question by Norman L. Geisler is an excellent resource for both the layperson and ministry leader to use in identifying the many questions and finding answers to address this common concern.
Geisler tackles topics such as the nature, origin, persistence and purpose of evil; why evil is unavoidable; the problems of physical and eternal evil; miracles and evil; and what about those who have never heard the gospel. Each chapter is considered from the three views in regard to evil:
Pantheism affirms God and denies evil. Atheism affirms evil and denies God. Theism affirms both God and evil.
Each chapter then tackles the topic from all three viewpoints, giving the Christian a solid basis in which to answer and shows how God is ultimately in control.
“…God is the ‘author’ of everything that happens in the indirect and ultimate sense; He is not the immediate cause of evil actions. He neither promotes them nor produces them; He permits them and controls the course of history so that it accomplishes His ultimate purposes.” page 24.
The book includes three appendices: animal death before Adam, evidence for the existence for God, and a critique of The Shack. I was interested to see how the author would tackle the arguments for the existence for God and was pleased to see the wide range of theories and objections presented and the logical, systematic answers to them.
While the book seemed a bit too philosophical at times, it is an excellent apologetic resource for every believer and one that will be referred to many times.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.