I Believe in Monsters: God, Horrendous Evils, and the Christian Faith

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God and evil. Christ and horror. The atonement and suffering. Are there more difficult, pressing, agonizing questions than these? What does the Christian say in the face of horrendous evils? Should he say anything at all, or is the skeptic the only one who can speak honestly about the painful dissonances of the world as we know and experience it? In this special lecture delivered in 2011 to an audience at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, Dr. Mark A. Garcia invites us into reflections on the relationship between the Christian faith and the fact of horrendous evils, reflections prompted by Bart Ehrman’s 2008 book, God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer. This lecture is provided free of charge as a service of the partnership of Wince & Sing Media with Reformed Forum.

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6 Responses to “I Believe in Monsters: God, Horrendous Evils, and the Christian Faith”

  1. G. Kyle Essary says:

    These are unquestionably the best sermons I’ve ever heard on evil.

  2. Clif Daniell says:

    Thank you so much for making this available. A very good treatment of a difficult subject

  3. Mark G says:

    Thank you for posting this lecture. It shows real depth of spiritual insight into what Christ has done on our behalf, what it means that Christ sympathizes with us because he suffered and was tempted as we are, and the intercession & help of Christ on our behalf because he knows our situation. It is interesting how he related understanding the nature of suffering to that of the atonement. It also shows where we can easlity go wrong in our thinking about suffering and in encouraging others who are in pain. This is worthy of much reflection.

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I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve. (Romans 16:17-18)

 
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