Christianity’s Extraordinary Solution to Believing in God in a World of Evil and Pain
by Travis Dickinson
Most of the world believes in God — for good reason. The existence of God makes sense of many of the most important facts about the world. One set of facts causes some people to struggle over God, though. It’s what Christians call the fallenness of the world. It’s actually a dual problem. It includes moral evil — the wrong things humans do to themselves, each other, and the world we live in. And it also includes the pain and suffering that results from natural causes.
For many people, this poses the one great stumbling block for believing in the existence of God. There’s real tension between the idea of a maximally great and perfect God, and the broken and fallen world we experience…