If there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the world?
Wouldn’t a good, supreme being do something about the evil and pain in the world?
This question, or variations of it, is one of the oldest that humans have struggled with. It’s a tall order for anyone to sufficiently answer. However, Christian author Randy Alcorn has taken on the challenge in what is a lengthy, yet meaningful, contribution to apologetics in his new book If God is Good Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.
In what is about 500 pages, Alcorn makes his case. His theology includes ideas on how a loving God can exist and not stop heinous crimes. Alcorn also theorizes why God doesn’t stop diseases, disabilities, car accidents, and other tragedies from inflicting pain on humanity.
I read Christian books often but I have never been so thoroughly challenged by a book since I was a college student. The material is dense and I did not understand – or agree with – all that Alcorn was saying. But, he frequently cites Scripture to back up his ideas and there were a few times that I had to check his claims against the Bible to see if he was correct. I was shocked to learn in a few instances that Alcorn was correct, and I learned some things about the Bible that I had never heard before.
If God is Good will not give an easy, comforting answer for suffering, nor will it calm the objections of atheists. However, for Christians seeking a thought-provoking book to shape their theology on suffering and evil, it is a well-structured, Scripturally sound reference book.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of If God is Good from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.