Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman


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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman Read this bookI don’t care if you are a fundamentalist Christian or a wishy washy Christian or a lapsed Christian or a never was Christian

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman Updated with a big uotation from an essay by Ron Rosenbaum added at the bottom for those interestedDisclaimer I just reread this review and it's very disrespectful to the topic at hand and portrays complex ideas in a crude cartoonlike and smirky way There's a celebrity death match between God and Satan a nervou

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    Bart D. Ehrman Ò 7 Read & Download review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman Well as an atheist it was a foregone conclusion that I would agree with the author that suffering cannot be explained away in religious terms For me there is no explanation needed also as I consider the whole universe guided by random chance The uestion was whether I would like the book and I like it a lot Ehrman writes

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman I don't like the title of this book I think it should have been called Our Problem And I don't mean Our Problem as is reconciling h

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    Bart D. Ehrman Ò 7 Read & Download review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman This book is well written no doubt there Ehrman has a knack for writing to the “man on the street” As such this book reads fast and smooth much like his Misuoting Jesus Thus my low ranking is due to the content of the book the cogency of the argumentation This book is so chalk full of errors that the measly 10000 cha

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman Bart D. Ehrman Ò 7 Read & Download Ever since reading Misuoting Jesus I have been a fan of Bart Ehrman's His books have the refreshing uality of being both inf

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman If you were creating a universe would you create it without sufferingIf you did people would need neither intelligence nor compassion And we wouldn't develop it People for whom everything always goes their way tend to bec

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman I heard Bart Ehrman speak on the radio He teaches in Chapel Hill He was speaking about how there is nothing redemptive in the suffering of parents who lost a child in an auto accident He said this on the radio just as I was driving by the house where a friend of my son lived he was an only child killed in a car accident a few years

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman Discusses the various sometimes contradictory ways in which the Bible explains the existence and meaning of suffering The author no longer a believer explores the reasons behind these explanations being formulated in their own time and evaluates their inadeuacies generally and for thinking people today His material on apocalyptic explanati

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    Read [God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer] Ì Bart D. Ehrman came to realize that I could no longer believe in the God of my tradition and acknowledged that I was an agnostic I don’t “know” if there is a God; but I think that if there is one he certainly isn’t the one proclaimed by the Judeo Christian tradition the one who is actively and powerfully involved in this world p 4Ehrman claims to be open to some god other than the Judeo Christian one but later he says;But there is no God up ther

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review God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer

God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion Why We Suffer characters î 7 review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman In times of uestioning and despair people often uote the Bible to provide answers Surprisingly though the Bible does not have one answer but many answers that often contradict one another Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writersThe prophets suffering is a punishment for sinThe book of Job which offers two different answers suffering is a test and you will be rewarded l Well as an atheist it was a foregone conclusion that I would agree with the author that suffering cannot be explained away in religious terms For me there is no explanation needed also as I consider the whole universe guided by random chance The uestion was whether I would like the book and I like it a lot Ehrman writes simple prose explaining his viewpoints logically and he is never polemical He is a person who after years of being faithful to the religion of his birth has moved on to agnosticism because his faith could not satisfy his doubts So he brings the same rationality to his arguments Unlike Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion he is not out to prove a point which the world must accept He is only setting forth his viewpoint And being a Biblical scholar does helpSuffering has been the permanent bugbear of almost all religions Hindus cleverly posit karma spread over multiple births to explain away innocents suffering apparently without reason Those who wrote the Upanishads posited human existence itself as maya illusion so suffering was due to one s immersion in this illusory world once one was one with the Brahman the cosmic soul the suffering would vanish The Buddha took it even one step ahead and said that existence was of course maya but there was no Brahman out there to realise no individual soul either The solution is to understand the illusory nature of existence and identify the root cause of suffering attachment So the solution is to reject attachment and practice compassion as the only worthy emotionFor the Abrahamic religions having a personal God who sits up there who is omnipotent and who can always interfere in human affairs and who is also the wellhead of love and compassion this kind of metaphysical jugglery won t work So they have to find an answer to the knotty problem why there is so much suffering in a world created by a loving being And in this book Ehrman tells you how they have tried to do so in the Bible not once but many times in many different waysThe reasons for suffering as enumerated in the Bible and why they fail according to the author as well as me1 God is punishing people for transgressing his laws This works well for a tribal God who works with whims and fancies but not for an omnipotent one who is in charge of all creation Why doesn t God make all people compliant so that there is no chance of law breaking 2 Suffering is caused by people because they have been given the free will to disobey God A good argument on the surface but on detailed analysis this also does not make sense why give people the freedom to think for themselves and sin and hurt others and then punish them to bring them to the correct path And anyway it does not explain innocents affected by earthuakes volcanoes tsunamis and other such acts of God3 Suffering is redemptive it ultimately brings good There can be something redemptive in suffering but all suffering is not redemptive for example babies in Ethiopia dying of malnutrition or the innocent kids caught up in a school shooting4 Suffering is a test of faith This is most famously explained in the Book of Job Indian mythology also uses this trope in the tale of Raja Harishchandra God puts the screws on y0u to see whether you will curse him just to win a bet with Satan I won t waste my time dwelling on the utter stupidity of this concept5 Suffering is caused by forces opposed to God The so called Apocalyptic view where the gentleman with the horns forked tail and the trident and his minions cause the suffering and God and His forces are in constant battle with him They will win out at the End of Days of course This view at least acknowledges evil as a force But the concept of a mythological battle at the Armageddon which is always just around the corner points to this being of a panacea than a solution6 Suffering is mystery A logical view but the Biblical insistence that we should not uestion God who works in mysterious ways apparently makes no sense Since God has made us our sense of right and wrong apparently comes from Him and we have every right to call out a wrongWhile analysing these Ehrman gives us some fascinating insights also about the Bible such as how the Hebrews had no concept of afterlife how the Devil only made his entrance only very late and how many of the parts which are thought to be about Jesus and future is actually about the historical Israel in the past The book comes across as a fascinating account of the history and mythology of a people collated over a period of centuries Enchanting but most definitely not divineAt the end the author saysIn the end we may not have ultimate solutions to life s problems We may not know the why s and wherefore s But just because we don t have an answer to suffering does not mean that we cannot have a response to it Our response should be to work to alleviate suffering wherever possible and to live life as well as we can I wholeheartedly agreeI would like to uote a popular Hindi song of yore before I sign off Kisi ki muskurahaton pe ho nisaarKisi ka dard mil sake to le udhaar Kisi ke vaaste hai tere dil mein pyaar Jeena isi ka naam haiBring a smile to someone s faceIf possible take away some pain Have love for someone in your heart This is called living

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God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer

God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion Why We Suffer characters î 7 review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman Ater for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension since we are just human beings and God after all is GodEcclesiastes suffering is the nature of things so just accept itAll apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the worldFor renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman the uestion of why there is so much suffering in the world is than a ha I don t like the title of this book I think it should have been called Our Problem And I don t mean Our Problem as is reconciling human suffering with a loving creator god is a problem or puzzle to be worked through Likewise I don t mean Our Problem as in we re the ones with a problem here not God because we re the small minded creatures who can t understand the Creator s good plans for us all No I mean Our Problem as in human suffering is a real problem in the world and it s our responsibility to solve it not God sI m not the only one who doesn t like the book s title Some say pithily that it should have been called Bart s Problem because we all know the Bible provides all the answers if only you look and have faith and it s Bart s problem that he can t see them Everybody knows how to reconcile the existence of human suffering with a loving Creator right I mean come on it s easy Our loving God allows bad things to happen in the world because insert your favorite Christian platitude hereBut platitudes are just that they say very little and explain even less And each of Christianity s attempts to reconcile human suffering with a loving God turn out to be little than platitudes when they are subjected to a bit of critical thinking Indeed in my opinion it is not difficult to refute Christianity s standard answers to the uestion of why a loving creator God allows so much human suffering That human suffering and a loving creator God are irreconcilable is at this point in my theologicalphilosophical evolution a givenNow I don t want to start listing all the answers to the uestion of why God allows so much suffering and then shoot them down in turn That s what the book is for That s not all the book is for incidentally Bart Ehrman has much to say in God s Problem than simply Christians can t explain suffering But feel free to fire off your favorite answer in the comments to this review and I ll explain why it s just a platitude clich or tautologySo no shooting down the answers isn t what s important to me In fact the answers themselves aren t important to me and thus neither is arguing about them though I do enjoy the argument My faith certainly isn t what it used to be but if you want to hold on to the standard Christian views that s your business I can think you re misguided and you can think I m misguided but there s something we can something we should agree upon our response to suffering Oh we ll have different responses to philosophical uandaries about god and suffering and good and evil but I m talking about action We need an active response to actual human suffering going on today in the world around us It s our responsibility as Jews Christians Hindus agnostics as whatever we are to do something about itThe world is full of people less fortunate than us People experiencing real suffering even as you read this People dying from lack of clean drinking water Little children dying of AIDS and starvation Women being raped and murdered People the world over being ravaged by cancer Men women and children dying of malnutrition That s all real it s all happening And it s up to us to make the world a better place through charitable giving through volunteerism and through the voting booth This we can we must agree on For if we don t do something about it who will

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God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion Why We Suffer characters î 7 review Ô eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Bart D. Ehrman Unting thought Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject ChristianityIn God's Problem Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith or no faith to confront their deepest uestions about how God engages the world and each of u If you were creating a universe would you create it without sufferingIf you did people would need neither intelligence nor compassion And we wouldn t develop it People for whom everything always goes their way tend to become insensitive and entitled The most recent Supreme Court appointee is a case in point Commonly people who have suffered are kind and generousWith nothing to strive for or avoid life likely could never have developedAlso if everything were perfect all the time we wouldn t know itAs Mark Twain noticed happiness isn t a thing in itself merely a contrast with something unpleasantWe have the concept of health because there s disease Ditto justiceinjustice and so onTwain shows that it s because we suffer that we know joyview spoilerTwain noticed his Negro servant seemed always happy He said Aunt Rachel how is it you never had any trouble She looked at him incredulously Then came her story She was proud of having been born in Maryland A favorite saying of hers was I wa n t bawn in de mash to be fool by trash I s one o de ole Blue Hen s Chickens I isHer husband and all her seven children were sold away from her She never saw any of them again ExceptDuring the war 13 years later a young Black soldier happens by and hears her say her pet phrase Mammy It was her youngest child Oh no Mister C I ain t had no trouble And no joy This is A True Story 1874 from The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain funny sweet and true Several stories are rewrites of or riffs on Bible or religious stories or themes Extract from the Diaries of Adam and Eve Was It Heaven Or Hell Captain Stormfield s Visit to Heaven The Mysterious Stranger The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg hide spoiler

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • God's Problem How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important uestion—Why We Suffer
  • Bart D. Ehrman
  • English
  • 09 October 2020
  • 9780061173974