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The Problem of Pain
by C.S. Lewis
by C.S. Lewis
Reading this now for the third time, still trying to make sense of the tortuous prose and flawed logic. This adds nothing useful to one of the more interesting debates in Christianity - why a supposdly loving omnipotent god allows such suffering in good people. It barely relates anything factual and when it claims too, they are often inaccurate. His explanation of the Marxist view of poverty, shows he has either never read Marx, or not understood him! It really is a medieval reading of Christianity in many ways. He starts by telling us that it is ridiculous for us to attempt to understand God's motives and that we should not assume that His conception of good or suffering bares any similarity to our own. In other words, God works in mysterious ways and we should not dare to try and understand Him. He then contradicts this many times in the rest of the book, by explaining to us exactly what God is doing. His pseudo- biological explanation on the fall of man owes a lot more to eugenics than to evolution and is nothing more than bizarre speculation. He himself describes it as "myth" but then uses it to support his thesis as if it were fact! In the end it was all too silly. For a Christian who is prepared to totally accept his pronouncements at face value it may have some interest. To anybody else, it is convoluted sophistry which adds nothing sensible to the topic.
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