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Apologetics: The Problem of Evil

In this morning’s Sunday School class, I tackled one of the most troublesome questions in religion and philosophy: why is there evil in the world?

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Apologetics: The Problem of Evil (.mp3 | .m4a)

Feel free to argue with me in the comments or send me an e-mail!

Below is the lesson as written.

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Today, we’ll talk about what may be the biggest philosophical question people struggle with day-to-day: the problem of evil. Whereas some people will look into the historicity of the Bible, and some will dig into deep theological issues, everyone wrestles with this issue. Everyone has had something bad happen to them, and frankly, everyone has done something bad to someone else. We feel the impact of evil every day. It affects our lives. And it’s often one of the issues that keeps people distant from God.

We’re going to talk about the philosophy of evil this morning. But before we do, we have to recognize that this is a very emotional issue for some people. Some people have been hurt very badly – either by other people, or just by circumstances, or even their own choices – and they’re angry with God because of it. Read the rest of this entry

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Question the Clown

In a few weeks, I’ll start teaching an adult Sunday School class at my church. It’ll be a series on apologetics, the defense of the Christian faith. I’ll be presenting the case for belief in Jesus in philosophical, historical, scientific, and existential terms.

In short, I wanna demonstrate the logic of Christianity. It’s one of my very favorite things to do.

Aside: Sorry to anyone who has taken the brunt of one of my rants.

I could use your help! What questions do you guys have? Do you wonder why Christians keep quoting the Bible? Or what separates Jesus from other religious teachers? Christians, are there Bible passages that confuse you? Have you been stumped by questions about your faith?

Exploring this stuff is great. Seek answers; Christianity holds up under scrutiny.

So, leave your questions in the comments or e-mail them to me! You may hear the answer at Crossroads in the Sunday School hour.