When There Are No Easy Answers: Thinking Differently About God, Suffering and Evil
Many Christians feel they have the 'answers' to the problem of suffering, yet when heartbreak and tragedy occur, being 'right' can be cold comfort indeed. John Feinberg draws from painful personal experience to consider grief from every angle, and offers...
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Many Christians feel they have the 'answers' to the problem of suffering, yet when heartbreak and tragedy occur, being 'right' can be cold comfort indeed. John Feinberg draws from painful personal experience to consider grief from every angle, and offers real alternatives to the cliches.
:How can a God of love allow terrible things to happen in our lives?
Christians often assume they're equipped to deal with tragedy if it enters their lives, but like most people, think it never really will. What happens, then, when we follow God's will to the best of our abilities and heartbreak strikes? Do we mean it when we implore "Have Thine own way, Lord" or does that only apply in times of blessings or small, manageable hurts?
John Feinberg knows that conundrum intimately. In 1987 his beloved wife was diagnosed with an incurable, genetically transmitted disease. They were immediately challenged in their faith and their approach to God's goodness in the face of the evil of suffering. More, they discovered just how little their Christian community understood about how to support people in crisis.
When There Are No Easy Answers considers the problem of grief from every angle, just as the Feinbergs walked through it in their journey. It confronts the question of justice, examines the nature of God, and argues for the reality of grace. Feinberg explores the biblical reasons against the use of traditional clich s and platitudes, especially by those in ministry, and lays out alternatives that can actually comfort and encourage the person who is struggling or grieving.
John S. Feinberg is the chair and professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Trinity, he pastored a church in Illinois, and then taught at Western Baptist Seminary and Liberty University. Dr. Feinberg did his undergraduate work at UCLA, received his M.Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary, his Th.M. in systematic theology from Trinity, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Among his previously published books are Continuity and Discontinuity, Ethics for a Brave New World, The