Many Christians and non-Christians alike have often pondered the question, “If God exists, how can He be an all-loving God and still allow so much pain, suffering, death, etc. in the world?” Author Norman L. Geisler looks to answer this question, among many similar and related ones, in his book titled “If God, Why Evil? – A New Way to Think About the Question“.
I was given this book to review, and after finally finding the time to read and digest its contents, I am finally sharing this post with you. I found this book to be a lot easier to read in comparison to other books that focus on tough questions and theistic topics. For me, it read less like a text book and more like a one-on-one conversation with the author himself. I think Geisler did a nice job keeping to the point as he gave his reasons and arguments for or against a topic related to the “If God, Why Evil?” question. Not only did he use Biblical references to support the fact that God exists, he also gave scientific, philosophical and historical examples as to why evil exists.
In each chapter of the book, Geisler begins by giving three views on each topic related to the questions of evil: Pantheism’s affirmation of God and denying of evil; Atheism’s affirmation of evil and denying God; and Theism’s affirmation of both God and evil (found in Chapter 1). Geisler then goes on in the remaining chapters to tackle the reasoning for and behind such questions as the origin, the persistence and the purpose of evil, physical evil, eternal evil (Hell), as well as the question of what happens to those individuals who do not have a means of learning about God or Jesus Christ (through churches, priests, missionaries, etc.). Even though I think he was a bit philosophical at times in his explanations, I think Geisler did a good job in finding the Biblical and scholarly references to support his reasonings and answers to the questions and topics about evil.
I don’t normally read books like this one for pleasure or on a regular basis, but I did find it interesting at times. If I had to recommend this book to anyone, I would suggest it to a minister or someone in such a profession or position who is faced with having to answer such difficult questions for friends, family members, and congregation members. I think it would make a good reference book for him or her with its easy-to-read topic layout, Bible verse references, and to-the-point topic discussions.