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Discourse #29: The Knotty Issue of Evil

Stephen Reed interviews Dr. Norm Geisler about one of the most enduring and perplexing questions in the Christian worldview: where did evil come from?

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One of the most enduring—and perplexing—issues for each generation to face is how a good God allows evil to ravage this world and His children. Western theologians as far back as St. Augustine have wrestled with the nature of evil.

In our own times, we are shock us with the horrors of genocide, the exploitation of children, and a collapse of ethics in so many key institutions, including government, big business, the military, the media, higher education, and, unfortunately, the church.

In our agony, we shake our fists at God, demanding to know how He could allow such things to occur.

Dr. Norman Geisler is one of Christianity’s lead apologists, authoring now 70 books on a host of topics. His latest book is called If God, Why Evil? Dr. Geisler has wrestled with this enduring question of evil and has arrived at a different way of looking at it, one that we explore in this edition of “Discourse.”

Check out Dr. Geisler’s book, now available in our online bookstore.  Dr. Geisler’s great gift is to take a difficult, complex topic and break down its parts so that his readers can make sense of all that is involved in the discussion.

If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think about the Question

Dr. Norman L. Geisler | The Colson Bookstore

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Emily tells a clearly-written, funny, and poignant story

about what her son, Max, has taught her (and her father) in the newly-released

book from Zondervan, Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free.

As challenging as autism can be, this story is one of hope as God gave the

Colsons the strength and joy to discover what every person has to offer the

rest of us. Chuck describes this book as the most personal book he’s had a

part in since his autobiographical first book, Born Again. Chuck writes a

foreward and afterword to the story written by Emily.

As you’ll hear in this interview, Emily’s counsel for anyone having what

seems like a problem without a solution is to let God lead them one day

at a time. “If this were my last day on earth, what kind of mother would

I want to be?” she found herself asking at a key turning point in her

relationship with her now 19 year old son.

Life may not always go according to our best laid plans. But God is ready to

show us deep joys in the places we wouldn’t expect. This lesson and many

others that will touch your heart as you see how one mother and son not

only survived a tough situation but has emerged victorious with God’s help.

Moreover, this book will challenge your understanding of the handicapped

people in our midst await you by reading this fascinating book about real people

facing real challenges with God. Max Colson gives us another perspective

on God, as he is made in God’s image just like everyone else.

Emily’s book makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone you know

who is wrestling with a challenge that seems beyond their ability to cope. Or just

anyone who enjoys an inspiring human interest story.

For more information about ordering Dancing With Max, click here.



The Unmistakable Marx of a Sovereign God
John MacArthur ( ) has argued the same thing, namely, that God permitted evil in order to destroy it.

Does no one besides me feel uncomfortable with God acting on a principle of “the end justifies the means”?

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