Evil/suffering vs. a Good Omnipotent God

Tim Keller posted an interesting and concise apologetic for believing in God while experiencing evil. While beginning a bit philosophically, you can really sense his pastoral heart at the end. As a background, the evidential argument against the existence of God from evil goes like this:

1. God is all-powerful.

2. God is all-good.

3. Evil exists.

The logical conclusion is that God (as an all-powerful or all-good) being cannot coexist with evil – either he wants to stop it (he is good), but can’t (not all-powerful); he can stop it (he is all-powerful), but won’t (not good); or neither (he won’t and can’t stop evil). Personally, I think it is one of the strongest arguments against the existence of God, but not a silver bullet. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post some of my own thoughts about how to process suffering/evil in light of belief in a good and all-powerful God. For now, enjoy the Tim Keller post.

My Letter to Ricky Gervais

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reposted (Dec 2010) British comedian/writer, Ricky Gervais’, letter on why he is an atheist. I wanted to write a line by line response to some of Gervais’ objections and points, but I thought a letter would be more appropriate. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s how I would respond to such a letter or perspective if it were from a person I really knew. Here goes: Continue reading