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The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it

Lewis misunderstands some theological implications but is very intellegent. This book was good for many things. Excellent in dealing with many of the issues surronding pain and suffering. Does a good job at describing what we sometimes misunderstand as love and good. I feel he could have even taken it further. You can definately see the beauty of his writting in this book. His discussion on the fall of man seemed very interesting and I am still pondering some of the implications of what was said. I feel he left this book short of what it could have been. I wish he would have taken some more time to finish off some of the subjects. I thought some of the thoughts regarding animals was kind of humerous in probably not one of the main things I would have talked about. Ohh I also thought when he talked about our world being the only possible world that could have been created quite mentally racking to my brain. I disagreed with him that total depravity says that we can't understand what good is. Total depravity says we understand what good is but have suppressed doing it because our hearts are wicked. Total depravity says that we do not desire to do good. Our motives are something other and that seems to be what Lewis indicates. The book could have been better in some of these regards. However, it was still well thought out. I thought he smashed very well the argument that pen God as sovergn but allow man a level of sovergnty over Him. This breaks the law of noncontradiction and Lewis pointed it out. I have heard several friends use such arguments and with Lewis I agree. "You have not said anything intellegent about God." It was a good book I just thought it would have been better.
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message 1: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle I think this is my favorite review!

I have always heard Lewis was a apologist, not a theologian so I imagine that would explain some of those misunderstandings.

Now I need to go read the book!

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