Whilst 'Jesus, Interrupted' by the same author, plus most of his other titles, are based around the 'speculation passed as fact' that is biblical historical criticism when there is a lot of evidence for the Bible's accuracy; 'God's Problem' is a well thought out arguement that the Bible fails to explain why humans suffer and why God allows it. Ehrman say that this must mean the Christian God does not exist. Whilst I disagree with that, I do understand (and have personal experience of) suffering being the greatest challenge to belief. What it comes down to is that you either have faith that God will make all right when Jesus returns (that everything is part of his plan), or you feel that the lack of intervention by God in the world to prevent suffering means he can't exist in the Christian definition of God. I will say that the book is full of unnecessary repetition that gets a bit annoying after a while. An interesting read for folk like me who struggle with faith and want to read up on all perspectives. Plus, I fully agree with Ehrman that there are no interpretations/explanations of the book of Job that make it anything other than thoroughly unpleasant and disturbing.
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