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The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Theodicy attempts to resolve how a good God and evil world can coexist. The neo-atheist view in this debate has dominated recent bestseller lists through books like The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), God Is Not Great (Christopher Hitchens), and The End of Faith (Samuel Harris). And their popularity illuminates a changing mental environment wherein people are asking harder ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by B&H Academic (first published 2009)
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Lee Harmon
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. Dembski is a proponent of Intelligent Design, and has written before on that topic. His conundrum is that he also is a believer in the biblical story of Genesis—the story of the Fall is particularly troublesome—and wishes to accommodate scripture into an old earth theology. But unless one refuses to recognize the evil in nature itself, evil came before the Fall, right? Evil (defined primarily as the cause of suffering) seems ...more
Jeff Voeltner
Incredible! The last two or three chapters of this book are absolute gold! I really enjoyed the first half of this book and while the middle section was a bit over my head and slightly too technical... I was brought full-circle with the last few chapters, which I absolutely loved. More Christians today - in the age of being spoon-fed so much and not being encouraged to become engaged in really thinking through some of these issues on our own... ought to read this. I contend that this book will h ...more
Very interesting theory about how God put sin into the created order in anticipation of the fall. This provides satisfying answers as to why it seems as if humans need to eat meat and animals seem to be designed to eat one another. It also raises more questions. I think Dembski does a good job dealing with all the relevant passages, including the ones in Romans that talk about sin coming into the world through Adam.

Got me thinking, big time!
Gary Fields
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OpTiffi Prime
Let me start off by saying, I am still quite new to the Young Earth, Old Earth debate between Christians. I haven’t done much studying on the topic. (I’ll get around to it eventually). The goal of this book seems to be to reconcile natural evil in this world with the concept of a good God while defending the Old Earth position. Dembski’s book was straight forward and was intriguing enough that I had no issues finishing it. I did have a bit of trouble with his chapter, “Moving the Particles.” I h ...more
Ben Zajdel
The End of Christianity is William Dembski's attempt to reconcile a good God with the evil that is so inherent in our world. In theological terms, this is called a theodicy. The title refers not to Christianity's demise, but rather to Christianity's ultimate triumph through Jesus.

What Dembski does is remarkable. A mathematician and philosopher who has studied at the University of Chicago, Princeton, and MIT, Dembski introduces a blueprint that is satisfying to the scientific and theological mind
Theodicy needs to be understood especially now with the rise of atheism. The author has deep insight - without a doubt. I have pages and pages of notes gleaned from his words. One of my favorites - "With God, evil never has the final word. The Tree of Life, which Adam and Eve could no longer reach because they were expelled from the Garden, appeared again 2,000 years ago as a cross on a hill called Golgotha." God is good.
The only negative about the book is that there were portions that were unne
Brad Kittle
If you like theology, you should enjoy this book. This is not a science book, and, in my opinion, is full of speculation, however reasoned. I enjoyed the book and was surprised to find the author was a better writer than I anticipated, and even waxed lyrical at times.
An extremely interesting book that challenges the reader on many levels. Whether or not it convinces on every level, it certainly inspires in the sense that it induces wonder toward God and His creation. Put another way, the books leaves one scratching the head, but nonetheless grateful for what is going on inside it.
Aug 08, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: Dr. William Dembski
Judge this book by its cover. The clever design on the front did not belie the content underneath.

Enlarged my view of God, life, science, Genesis, freedom. Engaging on so many fronts.

This may be the most respectable and interesting handling of the problem of evil I've read.

(and i must admit I've stayed amused at the fact I'm reading an advanced copy of the book before it's released). Release coming Nov. 1
An innovative attempt to reconcile God as creator, mainstream scientific views of the age of the earth and the presence of death among living things from the beginning, and a biblical view of Adam and the impact of his sin on the cosmos. Pretty dense stuff, but worth the effort - the most persuasive attempt to reconcile these ideas I've ever heard or read.
David Haines
Review to come on my blog.
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A mathematician and philosopher, Dr. William Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in stat ...more
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