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June 1, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Problem of Suffering and Evil Bibliography

I’ve researched the problem of pain and problem of evil fairly extensively from both a philosophical and theological level (emotionally as well, but to a lesser extent).  These are the four books that have been most helpful in my reading, research, and reflection.

Randy Alcorn, If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil (link)

[there is a short version and a long version.  I recommend the short version for all audiences and the longer version for people who are pastors, theologians, and other kinds of writers or who simply enjoy reading texts of that size.]

Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering (link)

CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain (link)

Nancy Gutherie, Be Still, My Soul (25 Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Problem of Pain): Embracing God’s Purpose and Provision in Suffering (link)

I would point out there are a number of Christian theologians and philosophers who have addressed this issue.

  • Randy Alcorn Annotated Bibliography (link)
  • Its also probably worth checking out Randy Alcorns blog on this topic, as he has I think 125+ posts on suffering alone here.
  • He has a number of answers on his Vimeo channel as well (note: one other way to get these is to use search on his blog to seek out video with keyword suffering)
  • I’m reading through the Alcorn book right now.  Its quite comprehensive.  Its also helpful because in a number of ways it addresses the emotional aspects of pain/suffering too.  Keller, Lewis, and the writers in the book Gutherie edited do that to some extent.
  • It is probably worth noting that Alcorns larger work does come from a Calvinist orientation (actually Keller and I believe most of Gutherie does as well), but Alcorns long version seems to take this project a bit more overtly.  I still heavily recommend all four books.


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