The Problem of Pain   -     By: C.S. Lewis
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The Problem of Pain

HarperOne / 2001 / Paperback

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"Lewis knows both the dilemmas of doubt and the dilemmas of belief. But one finds an intelligent awareness of the great sources---not merely Hooker, Law, and MacDonald, but Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine. The average person will find Lewis helps him come to grips with distressing facts,"---New York Herald Tribune. 176 pages, softcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 161
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0060652969
ISBN-13: 9780060652968
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Publisher's Description

For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?

The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungry for a true understanding of human nature.

Author Bio

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Editorial Reviews

“It is really a pleasure to be able to praise a book unreservedly, and that is just what I can do with The Problem of Pain .”

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  1. Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 24, 2012
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Problem of Pain is an excellent book by C.S. Lewis. He explains so well and in an easy to understand format why pain exists in the world we live in and how we can cope with it. I highly recommend this book to everyone, because some time in everyone's life we all will encounter some form of pain. This book is essential to understanding it and dealing with pain and its effects.
  2. Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    okay :l
    February 23, 2011
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This one was actually a bit of a disappointment. Make no mistake, there is not really anything in here about dealing with pain or realizing how small pain is in comparison to x,y,z. I believe I got more out of the 2 page appendix than I did the whole book! There was alot of suppositions and not enough facts. I mean, he really couldn't think of anything brilliant to say. This book isn't terrible. It just isn't worth the money. Another thing I found strange was that Lewis said that he respected pagan myths. What?! Overall, this book is a disappointment and you would be wise to find another one of his books like Mere Christianity of Screwtape Letters.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 1, 2009
    Leo Dacus- Jr.
    As always CS is thick! He explains pain from it's beginnings and thoughly takes you though it's understanding and development. We should embrace his teachings on the subject and grasp it's meaning. I have chronic pain and even though I understood what CS was talking about and what to do about it. I had a good hold on the subject before I read it. I will refer to this book from time to time. Just like all his books.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 1, 2008
    John Urban
    C.S. Lewis just challenges you to think. Your mind can't help but be stimulated and your faith enriched and strengthened. In his book, "The Problem of Pain", Lewis helps us in our understanding of God's love and purpose for our lives in this world. Before gold becomes the precious metal we know so well it must be refined- such is life and thus "The Problem Of Pain."
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 9, 2003
    Brandon Marlow
    There are two C.S. Lewis writers. Lewis the dreamer and Lewis the reasoner. This book is a shining example about how he can take tough theological issues and use logical analysis to present them in a way that almost anyone can understand.Lewis gives clever examples that demonstrate what kind of world the naturalist would have us living in. His point, a world without pain and consequence is a world without free will. Lewis also includes a chilling section on Hell and a beautiful chapter on Heaven to conclude the book.I would have given it a 5, but it lost a bit in my book for including a section about creative evolution and for refering to the Genesis account of creation as a "folk tale". But this is still the definitive source on the answer to the question, "If God is all-loving and all-powerfull, why does He allow so much suffering in the world.Great for the skeptic and the believer alike.
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