I just recently read “The Shack” by Randal Rauser and so when the opportunity to review “If God, Why Evil” by Norman L. Geisler came in my email inbox, I thought it would be a natural next step, since “The Shack” attempts to answer that very question, though in the form of fiction.
Norman L. Geisler is a Professor of Apologetics and has taught at university and graduate levels for over 50 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 70 books.
“If God, Why Evil” offers a new way to think about that very question.
If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler
Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn’t God Do Something About It?
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can’t God put an end to murder, starvation, and natural disasters?
In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers, presenting not only a balanced viewpoint of the problem of evil, but also provides a fresh, dynamic approach to thinking about this puzzling subject.
This was one of those books that I hoped would provide me with some much-sought-after answers to this difficult question, but honestly I found myself struggling to read this book. I was left more confused than I started with. Other reviewers claim this book is written in a way a “layman” can understand it, but I’m reasonably intelligent and had trouble following along with the logic.
I think part of it stemmed from the fact that the book doesn’t just provide a Christian view of the answer, it attempts to illustrate it based upon 3 basic views: Pantheism, Atheism and Theism. It is written with a lot of “if-then” type language, and asks a number of questions within the main question to help provide the answer – but from each of the different viewpoints.
I understand there is merit in explaining why some people don’t believe in evil, but I just didn’t expect a Christian book to get too far into the why. As a Christian, I clearly believe in evil, I just want to know why God allows it to happen.
So for me, the book falls way short and I admit I couldn’t even get through half of it before I gave up.
If you are interested in the book despite my issues with it, it is available at Amazon.com currently for $9.43 in paperback.
I received a copy of the book reviewed here from Bethany House Publishers.