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What about Evil?: A Defense of God's Sovereign Glory

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Reconciling the existence of God and evil has been a long-standing conundrum in Christian theology, yet a philosophical approach--rather than a theological one--dominates the discussion. Turning to the Bible's grand storyline, Scott Christensen examines how sin, evil, corruption, and death fit into the broad outlines of redemptive history. He argues that God's ultimate end ...more
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Published November 16th 2020
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David Steele
Nov 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Achilles was the Greek hero in Homer’s Iliad during the Trojan War who was killed by Paris with an arrow that struck his only vulnerable spot, - his heel. So the Achilles heel is the vulnerable or susceptible spot. Critics of historic Christianity often point to the problem of evil and argue that it is the weak spot of our faith. Hence, the problem of evil is often referred to as the Achilles heel of the Christian faith.

Theodicy is “a defense of the justice or goodness of God in the face of doub
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Chris Land
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on the subject about evil in the world in light of the sovereignty of God.
Thaddeus
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best and most thorough Reformed theodicy (justification of God) that you'll read! Christensen is an excellent thinker and author. His arguments are well expressed, consistent, biblical and draw from the best of Reformed theology on the question of Evil.

The first half of the book reads like a systematic theology of theodicy and the second half like a biblical theology - tracing the theme through scripture. It's a great way to tackle it, but somewhat felt like two books put together. Ho
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Hank Pharis
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
(NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).

This is a great book on the problem of evil. Sometimes he goes on what seem to me to be unnecessary "rabbit trails" but some of those are excellent.

Here are some quotes to give you a taste and summary of his a
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Ben Hegan
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Kristi Martin
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What About Evil" is worth your time. The pages take you on a walk through redemptive history while Mr. Christensen uses Scripture to expound his defense of the "greater-good" theodicy. It reads like a textbook with a glossary, study guide and further reading resources, but is colored with thoughts and quotes by godly men and women from throughout history. The 471 paged volume does get in the weeds somewhat, but is beneficial to anyone who wants a better understanding of how evil fits into the w ...more
Jessica
Recommended by Dr. Ryan McGraw: "Not your run of the mill answer to the problem of evil, but it traces the theme and function of evil throughout the Bible as a whole, with a special focus on a Trinitarian Christology." ...more
Joshua Arnold
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Not quite a 5 star, but also not a 4 star.
Ethan Van Bruggen
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good solution to the problem of evil, focused of God's glory and redemption at the cross.
The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that there were several elements and discussions I did not feel were necessary to the development of the argument. I believe it could have been a 300 page book instead of 471 (plus all the glossary and indexes and whatnot). Good read.
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Richard Lawrence
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"While evil figures prominently in our experience, it is overshadowed by the blood-soaked tree on which Christ hung, and the empty tomb from which he gloriously emerged three days later." - page 470

In this masterful work Scott Christensen explores the "problem of evil" - why did a good God create a world containing evil? Ultimately Scoot encourages us to find hope, comfort and purpose in Christ, the light shining in the darkness - shown to be brighter by the darkness of the background.

This is an
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