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Evil, suffering and Christianity

Can Christianity explain why God allows evil and suffering? This is the third in a series of three talks I have been giving on why a good God should allow evil and suffering. The first is here . The second … Continue reading

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Evil and suffering, with or without God

This is the text of the second of a series of three talks I’ve been giving at St Brides Liverpool, on the subject of why God allows evil and suffering. The first is here . You can listen to this … Continue reading

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Why does God allow the innocent to suffer?

People have always asked why God allows evil and suffering. It is such a common question that it has a special name, ‘theodicy’. Couldn’t God have created a better world? I am doing a series of 3 Sundays at St … Continue reading

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Ivan Karamazov and God’s goodness

This is part argument, part request for information. I’m researching theodicy. Why does a good God allow suffering? One of the classic texts is Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Ivan describes a five-year-old girl being deliberately tortured by her parents. It … Continue reading

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Why does God allow evil?

This is one of the big religious questions, perhaps the biggest of all. Tess referred to it in a comment a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to respond. There is a huge debate about it. The technical term … Continue reading

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The tsunami and God

Why did God allow the tsunami to happen? Events like this do make people wonder. Atheists seize on it as evidence for their case, believers wonder how it fits what they have been taught, church leaders struggle defensively, and those … Continue reading

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