Much in modern science appears to contradict the biblical data on the nature and origins of evil. How Did Evil Come Into the World? provides both a solid understanding of Scripture and an honest appraisal of the claims of science as it traces the history of the relationship between science and faith from harmony to conflict.
This booklet is especially helpful for those working in or studying science who wish to demonstrate the credibility of their faith in this context. The author William Edgar calls biblically committed Christians to grapple with the challenges that others present to their faith and formulate solid biblical answers to these hard questions.
In our world things are not the way they are supposed to be. If God is perfect, loving, and powerful, why does he allow this world to be so painful and imperfect? Scripture provides satisfying answers to these questions.
William Edgar (DTh, University of Geneva) is professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary and, among other things, a professional jazz musician. His published works include Reasons of the Heart: Taking Note of Music and articles on cultural apologetics, the music of Brahms, and African-American life.
While the evidence for design in nature has become much stronger in recent decades, many people continue to reject it. The problem of evil ranks as one of the main reasons for this. If the world is designed by an intelligent and powerful being, why are there so many apparent imperfections? Why do so many people die in natural disasters? What aspects of our condition can be attributed to the biblical Fall? William Edgar serves as a helpful guide for the perplexed in his Science and the Problem of Evil, showing that Christian doctrine can make sense of these difficult questions.
Dr. Edgar gives wise counsel in sorting through major issues about evil. Using a biblically grounded worldview, he ably distinguishes evil as an intrusion from a world that God originally created good, and shows the inadequacy of modern materialism. He gives hope on the basis of Christ's work of redemption. He also provides useful guidance about the death and suffering of animals, about science and technology, and about the growing possibilities for abusing technology as well as benefiting from it.