Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil, Second Edition   -     By: John G. Stackhouse Jr.
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Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil, Second Edition

Inter-Varsity Press / 2009 / Paperback

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In a world riddled with disappointment and tragedy, what proof is there that God is good? Exploring great minds of the past---including Buddha, Luther, and C.S. Lewis---Stackhouse explores the transformation of suffering into joy as a guide to God's dealings with humanity. He affirms that this world is the one we actually need. 204 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
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ISBN: 0830828869
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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? In this book, John Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with this question--from Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, Hume and Luther to C. S. Lewis. He suggests that perhaps instead of asking the question, "Why does God allow evil and suffering," we should instead ask "Can God be trusted to be good and do good, even when appearances are strongly to the contrary?" Without brushing aside the serious problems posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse boldly affirms that this world is the world we actually need. Finally, he points to Christian revelation which promises the transformation of suffering into joy as the best guide to God's dealings with the world.

Author Bio

John G. Stackhouse, Jr., is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College in Vancouver, and the author of six books, including and

Publisher Description

In a world riddled with disappointment, malice and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? In this book, John Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with this question--from Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, Hume and Luther to C. S. Lewis. He suggests that perhaps instead of asking the question, "Why does God allow evil and suffering," we should instead ask "Can God be trusted to be good and do good, even when appearances are strongly to the contrary?"

Without brushing aside the serious problems posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse boldly affirms that this world is the world we actually need. Finally, he points to Christian revelation which promises the transformation of suffering into joy as the best guide to God's dealings with the world.

Editorial Reviews

"Stackhouse's work is marked by the same kind of commonsensical yet penetrating arguments that made [C. S.] Lewis such a beloved figure. Readers of Can God Be Trusted? may find that they have discovered something wonderful."
"This is the best book in accessible English on how to think about the problem of evil. One of the finest theologians in North America, Stackhouse brings to bear insights from Scripture, philosophy and theology on this age-old dilemma. I recommend this first to anyone asking how a good and powerful God can permit radical evil."
"John Stackhouse . . . [addresses] the problem of evil with theological sophistication, historical depth, and philosophical precision."
"John Stackhouse . . . reduces the tangled issue to one fundamental question--Is God trustworthy?--and offers a careful, wise and well-argued answer."

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