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Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Christian apologists often respond to the Problem of Evil by pointing out that atheism has its own problem of evil. There’s a good case to be made here. The problem is, frequently I hear Christian apologists making a bad one instead. So this is a bit of internal correction I want to offer my friends on a common apologetic error The correct version of atheistic problem of evil is one that says atheism has no standard with which to judge…

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Does God Care? He Proved It!

Does God Care? He Proved It!

I said the other day that God cares by giving us strength when we need it. Sometimes, though, I wonder why he has to do things the hard way. I’ve been dealing with a foot injury for three-and-a-half years now. Through most of that time, except for the weeks immediately following my three surgeries, the expectation has been that I’ve been somewhere in the range of three to eight weeks from a near-complete recovery. So in addition to a sore…

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Does God Care? Yes!

Does God Care? Yes!

I was going to follow up my post on Does God Care? yesterday, but at 3 am my chronically-injured left foot invented a creative new way to hurt, and I didn’t get any more sleep than night. Yesterday was a very tired day for me. Still I made progress on a couple important projects, and I spent time with family members and a friend who’s going through struggles of his own. My friend’s perspective was telling: “These are first-world problems. I’m not in…

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Does God Care?

Does God Care?

I was with a small group of Ratio Christi leaders the other day, talking about the problem of pain and suffering. It wasn’t just on a philosophical level, such as, “How could an all-good, all-powerful God exist when there’s pain and suffering in the world?” It was about the other kind of pain and suffering question: “Does God care? And how am I going to keep going?” It wasn’t just theoretical, either. It was about my life, and my family’s. We’ve been through…

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A Trip To the Doctor: Putting Pain and Suffering In Context

A Trip To the Doctor: Putting Pain and Suffering In Context

My doctor was ecstatic. “You’ve got a stress fracture in your foot, Tom. This is the best possible news!” He was so happy he was almost giddy. Not everything is as it seems. Some time ago I was amused by James Lindsay’s accusation that I had played “the context card” on him, for not accepting the ambiguous apparent meaning of a single scripture verse as he thought I should. Context matters. Here’s the rest of the story from my visit…

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Our Own Problem of Evil, and God’s Solution

Our Own Problem of Evil, and God’s Solution

During our last discussion on the problem of evil, David Ellis wrote this about the Cross of Christ: There’s nothing wonderful about a man being tortured to death. Its noble that one is willing to do that. But its simply masochistic to act it out when there’s no good reason to have done so in the first place—and there isn’t one. I want to respond to this in the more visible location of a new blog post. Christian theodicy (answering…

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A Conversation On the Problem of Evil

A Conversation On the Problem of Evil

A couple of weeks ago I got an email with an extended question on the problem of evil. The sender and I worked it through some over email, and then I asked if I could move it here to the blog, to which he said yes. The conversation so far is presented here with the sender’s question in black font, and my answers interspersed among his words in a brown font, beginning here: ***************************************** [E-mailer] Hello, Tom. I am a…

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“Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion” Part 2

“Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion” Part 2

Book Review In his book Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion, Francisco Ayala suggests that evolution supplies the answer to a serious theological conundrum. I alluded to this in my first post on this book: Things that Seem Wrong About the World: When I was studying theology in Salamanca Darwin was a much-welcomed friend. The theory of evolution provided the solution to the remaining component of the problem of evil. As floods and drought were a necessary consequence of the…

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