The Distinction Between the Intellectual and Emotional Problem of Evil

I am almost finished with writing the unit titled “The Problem of Pain” for the C.S. Lewis course. In the first assignment, I include a short video by William Lane Craig. He is one of the best Christian apologists in the world. Like Oxford Mathematician and Christian apologist John Lennox, he does more than reason intellectually. He understands that he is talking to real people in the real world. The bottom line is that both the quantity and quality of suffering in our lives and throughout the world demand a compassionate and intelligent response.

Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash.

No Christ-follower can ultimately answer the question as to why God allows so much pain, but we can at least show that we care and that we have attempted to think through the issue. If you are going to think through the Problem of Pain in a clear, responsible way, then you must make two distinctions. They are as follows:

  1. The Intellectual Problem and the Emotional Problem of Evil
  2. Moral vs. Natural Evil

To watch an excellent video concerning the first distinction, click here.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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