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.

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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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The Veritas Forum: An Amazing Source for Thinking Christians and Non-Christians Alike

We all need help, and the help we need takes different forms throughout the various seasons of our life.

avatars-000304975045-5n2u7d-originalI am currently writing a course for Enlightium Academy titled, “The Works of C.S. Lewis.” I am having a ton of fun writing this course though at times it has been a bit challenging. In the unit requiring students to read the majority of Lewis’ book, The Problem of Pain, they are required to watch a video where Oxford Mathematician John Lennox, my absolutely favorite Christian apologist, delivers both a sophisticated and compassionate response to the question, “Where is God amidst suffering and evil?” You can find the video by clicking here.

I watched this video in its entirety this morning and built the assignment. After doing so, I felt inspired to do something new with my website. If you now look at the homepage in the upper right, you will see “Links.” I want to help other Christians find the amazing online sources that are available to us all. We all need help, and the help we need takes different forms throughout the various seasons of our life. The video I mentioned earlier was originally posted on The Veritas Forum, a website dedicated to Christians and non-Christians alike who are asking difficult questions in relation to the Christian faith and what is revealed in the Bible. You can find the following description on the Veritas website:

How can we mend a broken world? How should we seek justice? What is the good life?

The Veritas Forum helps students and faculty ask life’s hardest questions. Many of the world’s leading universities were founded to answer the big “why” questions. Our mission is to help them confront these questions anew. The first Veritas Forum was planned by students, faculty and chaplains at Harvard University in 1992. Since then, over 200 universities in North America and Europe have hosted over 2,000 Forums.

The Veritas Forum is committed to courageous conversations. We place the historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs and invite participants from all backgrounds to pursue Truth together.

The material on this website is stunning. Some of the top intellectuals in the world are asked to address certain topics related to Christianity in a way that is understandable for us all. Keep an eye out in the weeks and months to come as I continue to add to the list of links that I believe can help you and I fulfill the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40).

 

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