Evil and the Justice of God

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media. We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. N. T. Wright says that we should not be surprised.

For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it. In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus' death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present? These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.

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Best Book on the Problem of Evil

I have been wrestling with the philosophical problem of evil most of my life, first In philosophy, then in theology, and then for decades as a clinical psychologist. This book places the philosophical problem of evil in its proper context, addresses the key questions, all the while inspiring the reader to behold the love of God with jaw-dropping awe and gratitude.

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The Title is Misleading

It didn't help me with the problem of Evil but very helpful with understanding Forgiveness.

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Eloquent but Unfocused

AT A GLANCE:
Endless rumination and consideration, but no answers.

CONTENT:
It is laid out in the preface that Wright will not attempt to solve the problem of evil, but rather frame it in a Christian context. Had I known this beforehand I likely would not have purchased, but such is the danger of trusting the publisher's summary in the digital age where we miss reading introductions from the store shelf.
N.T. Wright is known for his nuanced but bold defenses of particular theories (most famously the "new perspective on Paul") and I expected more from him here. Late in the feature he seems to begin a working theory linking forgiveness with evil, though this doesn't go anywhere. The language is beautiful and could be mined for quotes, but this is not enough to hold the book together.

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Simon Vance is in top form here. I could listen to him read a scientific paper or the ingredients list on a cereal box, it will always sound amazing.

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Unlike the other works I've read by the author, it feels as though he was commissioned to write on the problem of evil and reluctantly obliged. Recommended for those starting to look into this topic who want a renowned scholar's insights.

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Answers Needed if Not Expected

As always, NT Wright gives thorough and independent examination to his subject and offers the answers most needed if not the ones readers most long for. Wright does not address why evil exists, for he does not stray into philosophical questions God chooses not to answer. Rather, Wright offers us a succinct explanation of what God does tell us about evil: what God has done, is doing, and will do about it. This turns out to be a vastly more satisfying and biblical approach than any I’ve seen before. God’s invitation to participate in God’s work in forgiveness and justice is clearly articulated by Wright while holding onto the truth of evil and calling on the naming of both it and the evildoers themselves.

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Interesting, but not prefect

Bishop Wright presents an interesting argument, though one unlikely to be compelling to non Christians

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Powerful and Timeless

The truth and level of depth that Wright gives into the problem with such a short space is remarkable. There are also other sources on the subject that he speaks of in the book which offer a vetted springboard into even further reading. I was personally challenged and encouraged by this book and thrown into awestruck thanksgiving to my God!

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Good Answers, but not full.

This book needed to address the question of why, which it spacifically did not do. It did discuss the qestion of justice, and what God plans to do about evil, but with no answer to the questin of why a good God allows evil it really puts the cart before the ohrse.

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So good!!

This is such a profound book! Tis short and to the point, but oh so good!!

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  • AN
  • 11-26-17

Clear and illuminating

Loved the clarity of Wright's work which, when put beside his other works brings wonderful illumination to God's greatness, glory and love.

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  • 07-13-19

Excellent accessible introduction

I'm glad the great N. T. Wright has written on this most important and evangelistically sensitive subject. What he has done here is carve a way through a difficult terrain in order to tempt as many people along this journey, especially for the thinking non-specialist. In doing so he helps broaden and deepen the effect and power of the Work of Christ in a world beholden to all the wrong types of power.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-18

Useful

Not broad enough for my taste but many useful points. Fits well with Wright's theology