Tag Archive: Theodicy

Jul 24

Thomas Watson – 10 Ways the Evil of Affliction Works for Good

The evil of affliction works for good, to the godly. It is one heart-quieting consideration in all the afflictions which befall us—that God has a special hand in them: “The Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:21). Instruments can no more stir until God gives them a commission, than the axe can cut, by itself, without …

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Sep 25

Michael Boling – Theodices and the Problem of Evil

INTRODUCTION The problem of evil is an issue that has continually perplexed humanity. Philosophers such as David Hume, John Hume, J. L. Mackie, and Alvin Plantinga, along with theologians such as Augustine have developed theodices in an effort to provide an answer to not only the existence of evil, but also why an omnipotent God …

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May 21

Mike Leake – Tornadoes and Theology

Yesterday a tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma. Leaving 51 dead, with nearly half of that number being children. Events like this leave those effected with a myriad of questions and a flood of emotions. One article I read described survivors as in a zombie-like state. What would you say to those grieving in Oklahoma? Mostly nothing. …

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Apr 16

Colin Adams – The Boston Bombings: What Can We Preach?

Our hearts ache for the victims of the Boston bombings. No words can describe such an act of barbarous cruelty. No language can express the sympathy we feel for those suffering its consequences. Our mouths are, quite paradoxically, gaping and speechless. Yet pastors need to find words. Sunday is coming and the pastor will need …

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Jun 17

Matt Smethurst – 6 Pillars of a Christian View on Suffering

Ever since the ancient revolt, suffering has been woven, with perplexity and pain, into the fabric of human experience. We all live and move and have our being amid Eden’s wreckage. Affliction and evil—universal as they are real—haunt us, stalk us, plague us. In a recent lecture delivered at Houston’s Lanier Theological Library titled “Going …

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Mar 06

Book Review – If God is Good by Randy Alcorn

Best-selling author Randy Alcorn, in his book If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil analyzes a subject that has vexed philosophers, theologians, and likely anyone who has been alive for any length of time, that of what is the purpose of suffering and who a loving and omnipotent God would …

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Jan 18

Paul Copan – If God’s Creation Was “Very Good,” How Could Evil Arise?

Genesis 1 ends with God pronouncing His creation “very good.” Where did evil come from then? James 1 says God is neither the instigator nor the source of sin; He does not tempt, nor can He be tempted (verse 13). Rather, every good thing comes from God (verse 17). So evil did not originate with …

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Jun 07

Chad Bird – Job, Theologian of the Cross

The book of Job is a catechism on the theology of the cross. Throughout the centuries countless believers, bruised by the rod of suffering, have embarked on a pilgrimage into the heart of this ancient story to inquire, “Why do the innocent suffer?” Many have retreated from the answers sadly disappointed, others passionately frustrated, and …

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Dec 15

Dr. Albert Mohler – Rachel Weeping for Her Children: The Massacre in Connecticut

Thus says the LORD: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” [Jeremiah 31:15] It has happened again. This time tragedy came to Connecticut, where a lone gunman entered two classrooms at Sandy Hook …

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May 21

Sam Storms – Tornadoes, Tsunamis, and the Mystery of Suffering and Sovereignty

I’m inclined to think the best way to respond to the tragedy that struck our community today is simply to say nothing. I have little patience for those who feel the need to theologize about such events, as if anyone possessed sufficient wisdom to discern God’s purpose. On the other hand, people will inevitably ask …

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