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.


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