Mar 7, 2011

Book Review: If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler

Excerpt: I vividly remember my first debate with an atheist, at Lake County Community College, north of Chicago. He claimed the untold evil in the world demonstrates that there cannot possibly be a God. When I asked by what moral standard he was making this judgement, he immediately realized he was on the horns of a dilemma. If he admitted there is an ultimate moral law by which he knew the world to be evil, then this would lead to an ultimate Moral Lawgiver. If he denied an objective moral law, then this would seem to wipe away any solid grounds for his complaint against God.

His answer was frank but shocking: "I don't have any ultimate moral law by which I am making my judgment that this world is evil. My conclusion is simply based on my own benign moral feeling." Of course, had I said my basis for believing in God was not based on any objective evidence - only my own benign moral feeling - I would have been laughed off the platform. If God, Why Evil? pg 11.

Back Cover: 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 all-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 to 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.

My Review: I requested this book for review, and promptly forgot all about it. One night, my husband and I were having a conversation over dinner about evil in the world. It was very interesting listening to his opinions on the subject and throwing ideas back and forth. I enjoyed the discussion immensely. The next day, Norman Geisler's book came in the mail. I immediately sat down, and became engrossed in his arguments and logical progressions. The book was an enjoyable, and informative read. I can't wait to share it with my husband. I know that he'll appreciate it as much as I did.

My Rating:

My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)

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