Good thinking here on solving the why of suffering using the Holy Bible to answer the question. "Why suffering? "
A poor job our Holy Bible especially if inspired by Holy intervention. It's just not up for the critical thinking of an effectively educated world. The logic therein is shakey. "Why suffering" is too much for Bible thinking to manage.
The Holy book has too many contradictions on too many subjects.
If a plane goes down, killing 400 and one survives unscathed against all odds: Hallelujah, it's a miracle! Right? Right?
After failing to find any good answers myself, I have wondered what the Bible really says about why bad things happen. Now I know, and it is fascinating (especially his take on the stories of Abraham and Job.)
As Ehrman says, most people develop their own comforting set of views about why bad things happen, and what God's role is in this. Ehrman pretty much knocks these props away by very carefully reading exactly what the Bible says.
So, I would recommend this book to someone who is actively wondering about this, but not to any old unsuspecting civilian.
deep thought provoking questions asked and answered, I'll read Bart's analysis of the phone book. amazing intellect...
I love books, and cannot wait to get my PhD in Philosophy!
I loved the book! It took the problem of evil and explained it on a biblical level. Even if one has philosophical training with theodicies, I would recommend reading this.
One of my favorite books for Dr. Ehrman, deals with a very the debatable issue of SUFFERING in the bible and how Christianity deals with it! I still call myself Christian so that's not exactly an easy book to read or for the faint of faith ;)
I Enjoyed this book very much. The way the Author presented his arguments and developments made it so easy to capture the ideas.
The Audio version is awesome. L. J. Ganzer , he did a tremendous contribution in reading so clearly and pleasantly.
Great narrating. I think that Bart brings up some valid points and I like his added humor.
It made me think!
I'm looking forward to more of his books
It is a good overview of answers given for the problem of evil, giving most time to those found in the bible. You learn about the Old Testament and the prophets, the apoctalyptycists (sic) of the New Testament, and popular contemporary answers. It has a focus on the bible, and I learned a lot about many of the books of the bible and their history.
The book does not have strong anti-religion feel, and Bart Ehrman is not one of the "New Atheists", who write most of the modern books criticizing religion. However, this book is a needed addition to the nonreligious literature.
This book will resonate with anyone who has ever unflinchingly looked at the suffering of the present world and who was appalled by the atrocities of history. The question of an ultimate meaning for human suffering has never been adequately answered and the reader should not expect any new insights on the matter. But the book does carefully examine the different answers given in the Bible which demonstrates that Biblical authors were concerned with the same questions that confront humanity today.