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God's Problem Audiobook

God's Problem: The Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer

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Publisher's Summary

In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers:

The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin.

The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings, and God, after all, is God.

Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it.

All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world.

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

In God's Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith - or no faith - to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us.

©2008 Bart D. Ehrman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Frank 07-19-16
    Frank 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book for Scholars!!"

    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.

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    Bugs 06-16-16
    Bugs 06-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Echos My Experience"

    My journey from conservative Christianit is now past 40 yrs. Different, but same outcome. Never looked back. No regrets.

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    Basim Ayoub 05-31-16
    Basim Ayoub 05-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very honest unbiased Author"

    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 ;)

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    Amazon Customer 05-27-16
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    "Everyone should read this book ."

    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.

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    Janna 05-13-16
    Janna 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Perspective"
    Where does God's Problem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great narrating. I think that Bart brings up some valid points and I like his added humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Problem?

    It made me think!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more of his books

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    qwertyuiop 04-06-15
    qwertyuiop 04-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thorough, with a focus on scripture."
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    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.

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    Mastermutt Half Moon Bay, CA United States 03-02-15
    Mastermutt Half Moon Bay, CA United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Worthy Attempt"

    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.

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    Heath Alexandria, VA, United States 06-21-12
    Heath Alexandria, VA, United States 06-21-12

    Reviews and opinions are my own. Research everything before you purchase.

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    "Very good book but it lacks something"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Problem?

    The most interesting aspects for me were the discussions of the book of Job and Jesus and his disciples as apocryphal Jews.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not for me, it was better to break it up into different chapters which allowed me the ability to consider the information presented


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    I haven't read much of Ehrman's early works but I was somewhat disappointed that the book focused a great deal on the writings of the Old Testament. The view of God in the Old Testament has always been presented to me as a more vengeful being than the one that followed the crucifixion of Jesus. There was some great stuff on the New Testament as well and an argument against looking at Revelations as an impending doom, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, the book was very good but slightly short of great. I will go back to some of Ehrman's earlier works to see if those better help provide a more complete view of the scriptures in conjunction with this work.

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    Ben B 03-17-08
    Ben B 03-17-08
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    "Excellent credible opinion."

    Excellent opinion by a credible author who clearly presents his arguments against god who allows some of his worshipers to suffer. The examples are clear, particularly those from passages in the bible. Very thought-provoking and highly recommended.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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