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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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    israel 01-20-17
    israel 01-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    This book presents a subjective view of what the Bible's argument is for the cause of suffering in the world. It excludes no details or citations.

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    Larry 12-09-16
    Larry 12-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    That question leads into exploring contradictions"

    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.

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    Ben Waterkloof South Africa 09-30-16
    Ben Waterkloof South Africa 09-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Well, That Cleared Up a Couple of Questions!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Todd 07-23-16
    Todd 07-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great book, wish he would have read it himself..."

    deep thought provoking questions asked and answered, I'll read Bart's analysis of the phone book. amazing intellect...

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    Frank 07-19-16
    Frank 07-19-16 Member Since 2016

    I love books, and cannot wait to get my PhD in Philosophy!

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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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    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
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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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    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
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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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