Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Finished IT!!!

Well I finally finished reading Satan and the Problem of Evil by Boyd. It was a rather long read, and it definitely expanded my vocabulary. It also really got me thinking on a level that very few books have. It really challenges some of the concepts that we have about God. It raises some good questions about how much God chooses to know, about evil in the world, and about how we deal with evil in nature. In particular I found it interesting how he points towards Satan and demons as a major reason for evil in the world. I think so often in our culture we aren't very comfortable with blaming a hurricane or tornado on evil spirits, it seems too much like we are falling back into the dark ages. After all science has told us what causes these things. But, science doesn't explain the reason why these things happen at all. And we all know (even if we aren't comfortable with the thought) that there is another kingdom that is at war with the kingdom of God. Anyway it's a big book, it's a tough book to read, but it is well worth it. I would highly recommend it to those who are looking for something deep, and thought provoking.


Erica said...


It's true about the hair... you know it... hehe. AND - what on earth were those photos on Brad's Facebook? Talk about traumatizing... I do recall a rather funny photo somehow ending up on your camera a few years back though? Haha! Thanks for the manatee clip - it was funny. That guy should NOT be wearing a speedo...!

Ben said...

I also really enjoyed this book. Boyd has written a shorter book on this same topic. It is called "Is God to blame".