TLC 247/11 online Douglas LeBlanc November 8, 2013 News The Nov. 24 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In the cover essay, Daniel Muth reflects on five books that address the classic theological question of theodicy: If God is good, how can there be evil? To many a modern mind, it is the great atheist “gotcha!” And certain presentations of the problem accordingly slouch toward the silly — the notion that a good and omnipotent deity must adjust weather patterns and tectonic plate shifts to account for human demographics, reassign viral and pathogenic physiology to ensure disease only afflicts the wicked, and, of course, make sure the bad guys’ guns don’t work. Serious objections are another matter. One cannot but grieve along with Charles Darwin at the loss of his beloved daughter, and consequent loss of Christian faith, which his scientific work had never even seriously shaken. The cry of souls in distress rings throughout Scripture — from Abraham’s pleas on behalf of Sodom, to Job on the dung heap, through most of the psalms, to Christ on the cross. NewsPentecostals on the Original-Blessing Trail Advertisement FeaturesLife in a Fallen World: New Books on EvilReview by Daniel MuthIf God, Why Evil? by Norman L. GeislerCreation Untamed by Terence E. FretheimWhat Shall We Say? by Thomas G. LongGetting Real About God, Suffering, Sin and Evil by Jill L. McNishIn Adam’s Fall by Ian A. McFarland BooksEveryday Idolatry | Review by Jonathan KanaryStrange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia CulturesBreaking Not So Bad by George Sumner Catholic VoicesMoral, Theological, and Practical Concernsby Daniel A. Westberg Other DepartmentsCæli enarrantSunday’s ReadingsPeople & Places Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.