Suffering and Evil are THE Perennial Questions
by Sean McDowell
Nearly a decade ago, I had my first formal debate on the question of whether theism or secularism best explains morality. Shortly before the debate, my pastor encouraged me to be ready to address the problem of suffering and evil.
“Why?” I asked, and he simply said, “In my experience, suffering and evil is the perennial issue people have with the existence and goodness of God.” That stuck with me. And the more I think about it, the more I think he is right.
The brokenness of the world is really at the heart of why people question God. And yet, it is not merely an academic issue for public debate but is quite literally everywhere. It pervades every relationship we have and everything we do. Let me explain…