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Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil

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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 f ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published March 9th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Mar 11, 2017 Tucker rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: evangelical Christians
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This is an overview of the problem of theodicy. (If God is all-good and all-powerful, why does evil and suffering exist?) It is examined through a Christian lens, citing thinkers like Plantinga, Kreeft, C.S. Lewis. As the book nears its conclusion, it turns toward Christian apologetics for the importance of faith. The overall argument seems to be that some questions and disappointments don't have obvious intellectual answers and that committing to Christianity is the best way to live in the face ...more
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Apr 02, 2013 Sergio Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Stackhouse starts this book by building up the problem of evil from almost every angle then proceeds to discuss how to deal with this as a Christian. He takes a look at how other people throughout history and how they dealt with this problem, people like Augustine, David Hume, and Luther. Great book overall
May 28, 2012 Poetreehugger rated it it was amazing
Upon rereading, I realize again how helpful this book is for those of us who need to, and like to, think things through.
Michael Locklear
In his Introduction, the author opens with his intended audience in mind:
"I offer this book... to those who want to consider seriously the question of faith in God before crushing evil befalls them or someone they care about. I offer it to people who want to prepare themselves to face the reality of life, which includes the reality of evil, with as many intellectual tools in the cupboard as they can get. I offer it to those who are so offended by God’s apparent mismanagement of the world that
Oct 09, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
A well-argued, thoughtful, and even respectful book. The author discusses the intellectual reasoning to trust in the God of Christianity despite a world filled with evil. I would definitely suggest reading it at some point. I have a copy if you want to borrow it!
Emma Ziegler
Jun 26, 2012 Emma Ziegler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pretty long for what it's saying but his arguments are well constructed and his writing is casual but insightful.
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Until 2015, John Stackhouse held the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In September of that year, he took the Samuel J. Mikolaski Chair of Religious Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he also serves as Dean o ...more
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