Pain and Evil amid the Wreckage of Eden

| January 13, 2015

If 2014 reminded us of anything, it is that evil and suffering are near. Painfully, hauntingly, inescapably near. From ISIS and Ebola abroad to racial tensions and Christian scandals close to home, we are living and grieving amid the wreckage of Eden.

Does the sheer breadth of seemingly pointless pain disprove the existence of a supposedly good God? What does it mean to think and live and survive as a Christian in a world like ours? In their new book Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense (FaithWords), renowned apologist Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale look with unflinching focus at many of the hardest questions we face as humans. The result is an unusually fresh resource that will challenge the skeptical, equip the faithful, and comfort the hurting.

I spoke with Vitale, teacher at Wycliffe Hall of Oxford University and senior tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, about new approaches he and Ravi introduce, whether atheists can account for morality, why he agrees with Nietzsche, and more.

What motivated you and Ravi to write Why Suffering

It’s common to think there are only one or two Christian responses to the problem of suffering. It’s common to think…

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