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The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
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Jun 25, 07

really liked it
Recommended for: Philosophical readers, spiritual readers
Read in May, 2007

C.S. Lewis provides a very intelligent explanation for a very old problem - if God is all-powerful, always has His will done, and loves us, why do we suffer? He argues on multiple levels, from the archetypes we apply (humorously accusing us for wanting a patron deity who is more like a doddering grandfather than a father), our definitions of "love" (and the difference between its connotations and that of "kindness") and of what we ought to call profound goodness. His arguments are almost exhaustive, but are a nice reprieve from the childish version of theodicy so often thrown at the feet of the faithful.

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