Jesus and the problem of evil
John G. Stackhouse Jr on how the problem of suffering is one of the most powerful barriers to faith in God.
John G. Stackhouse Jr, Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College in Vancouver, explains how the problem of suffering is one of the most compelling reasons to disbelieve God.
This is a short segment from a longer interview. To watch the full interview, click here.
SIMON SMART: You say that you have quite a lot of sympathy for the atheist perspective, don’t you?
JOHN G. STACKHOUSE JR: Well yeah, I mean there are lots of good reasons to not believe in God. Open your morning newspaper and the reasons are there. Every day the Christian belief that God is all-good and all-powerful seems obviously not to be true. At least one of those can’t be true, because why would an all-good, all-powerful God let these people die in the ocean or let these people die in the slum or let these people die in the cancer ward? And not just die, but die horribly. So, there’s powerful reasons to disbelieve in God, every single day, in our lives as well as in our minds.