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Can God Be Trusted?

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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, whatrationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerfuland all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse goesbeyond Rabbi Kushner, M. Scott...


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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice, and tragedy, whatrationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? If God is all-powerfuland all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world? John Stackhouse goesbeyond Rabbi Kushner, M. Scott Peck, and others to take a more historicallyinformed approach to this dilemma, examining what philosophers and theologianshave said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers.John Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with the problemof evil--from from the Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, and David Hume to MartinLuther, C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, and others--and grounds his analysis ineveryday examples. Without brushing aside the serious contradictions posed byall-powerful God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters, birthdefects, and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse asks ifa world completely without evil is what we truly want. Would a life withoutsuffering be a meaningful life? Could free will exist if we were able to chooseonly good? Stackhouse examines, clearly and concisely, what the best minds havehad to say on these questions and boldly affirms that the benefits of evil, infact, outweigh the costs. Finally, he points to Christian revelation--whichpromises the transformation of suffering into joy--as the best guide to God'sdealings with the world.A lucidly written and sweeping consideration of one of the centraldilemmas of human existence, Can God Be Trusted? challenges us to takeresponsibility for our actions, to reexamine the "celestial blueprint" with lessdespair, and to say yes to a well-informed faith.
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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 what philosophers 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 on
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John G Stackhouse (Jr)

John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Humble Apologetics; Can God Be Trusted?; No Other Gods before Me?; Evangelical Ecclesiology; and Evangelical Landscapes.

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