Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byJohn G. Stackhouse

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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining whatphilosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers. Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with the problem of evil--from the Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, and David Hume to Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, and Alvin Plantinga. Without brushing aside the serious contradictions posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters,and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse asks if a world completely without evil is what we truly want. Would a life without suffering be a meaningful life? Could free will exist if we were able to choose only good? Stackhouse examines what the best minds have had to say onthese questions and boldly affirms that the benefits of evil, in fact, outweigh the costs. Finally, he points to Christian revelation--which promises the transformation of suffering into joy--as the best guide to God's

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In this persuasive and compassionate argument for faith in the face of evil, Stackhouse goes beyond Rabbi Kushner, M. Scott Peck, and others to take a more historically informed approach, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers

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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining whatphilosophers and theologians have said on the subj...

John G. Stackhouse, Jr., is Professor of Religion at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.11 × 5.79 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In this persuasive and compassionate argument for faith in the face of evil, Stackhouse goes beyond Rabbi Kushner, M. Scott Peck, and others to take a more historically informed approach, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers

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"Stackhouse has succeeded admirably in producing a broadly accessible work that is religiously sensitive and offers for the reader a reasonable argument that it is rational to trust God even in the glaring face of evil."--First Things