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Can God be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (John G Stackhouse) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1998) 9780195117271
Can God be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (John G Stackhouse) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1998) 9780195117271
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Title: Can God be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil

Author: Stackhouse, John G

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195117271

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

List Price in Cloth: $40.00 Our price: $31.99

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In a world riddled with disappointment and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? In this book, John Stackhouse takes a historically informed approach to this dilemma, examining what philosophers and theologians have said on the subject and offering reassuring answers for thoughtful readers.Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with the problem of evil--from the Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, and David Hume to Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, and Alvin Plantinga. He then asks if a world completely without evil is what we truly want. Would a life without suffering be a meaningful life? Could free will exist if we were able to choose only good? Stackhouse's analysis boldly affirms that the benefits of evil, in fact, outweigh the costs. 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."Stackhouse has succeeded admirably in producing a broadly accessible work that is religiously sensitive and offers for the reader a reasonable argument that it is rational to trust God even in the glaring face of evil."--First Things* A persuasive and compassionate argument for faith in the face of evil* A lucidly written and sweeping consideration of one of the central problems of human existence
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