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God, Evil, & Suffering

Sunday, 28 April 2019

This class examines one of the more, if not the most, difficult challenge facing evangelical Christianity today. David Hume, the 18th century Scottish philosopher and sceptic once lamented, “Is he willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing: whence then is evil?” (Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 10). This talk focuses on how Christians can hold simultaneously three concepts: God’s power, God’s goodness, and the presence of evil in the world. It will also offer guidelines on how we can strengthen our faith in Christ, in spite of this vexing intellectual challenge.

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