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

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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 Academic (first published 2009)
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Ron
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
“God’s dealings with nature parallel his dealings with humanity.”

Interesting. Entertaining. But not compelling. Dembski deconstructs many historic and current theodicies (reconciliations of God’s goodness and the existence of evil) and creates his own, pivoting on the retroactive tainting of creation by human disobedience, AKA The Fall. He takes on both classic and neo-atheists, young and old-earth creationists, and even classical philosophy. He’s better at disassembling than building.

Of course,
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Bob
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found the book as a whole & the author's Theodicy disappointing. It does seem that he assumes not only an earth that is billions of years old (though I believe in a young earth I do not think one who holds to an old earth denies the truth of Scripture-some do of course) but that evolution is true, that God did use evolution to bring about much of creation. That, I believe is problematic. How he tries to bring this belief into agreement with Scripture on one hand is brilliant & creative ...more
Lee Harmon
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ben Zajdel
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Yari
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Dana_kendall
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Frank Peters
The purpose of the book was to provide a philosophical/theological explanation for how the fall of Adam and Eve fits with the natural world and the problem of evil. This, he tells me is a theodicy. The bible says that sin and death come from the fall, so this creates a potential problem, given the scientific evidence from the natural world. Dembski therefore starts the book by criticising other explanations, including the ones that are common from: young earth creationists, old earth creationist ...more
Jeff Voeltner
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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