Beginning Wednesday, January 29th Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a series of classes led by Pr. John LaMunyon that will deal with the the existence of evil in the presence of a good and gracious God. As our guide, we will follow Dinesh D’Souza’s book, God Forsaken: Is There a God Who Cares.
I will be joining Pastor LaMunyon, who will offer insights from the book of Job and other relevant texts from the Holy Scriptures. Each session will begin with a discussion taken from Mr. D’Souza’s book and then will be followed by a reading and discussion of some applicable biblical texts — but especially focusing on the book of Job. The discussions which ensue are sure to be rich and broad reaching. For example,
- In 1970 500,000 lives were lost in Bangladesh as a result of the Bhola cyclone. One half of one million people wiped from the face of the earth. What was God thinking?
- Betty lost her husband to a slow death from a horrible disease, all the while trying to be faithful, but, in the end, wondering, “How could my God allow this to happen?”
- Joe grew up in a household which lacked nothing, went on a mission trip to a developing country where he encountered true poverty, disease, filth, malnutrition, and homelessness for the first time in his life. Although some in his group came home energized in their faith and eager to do more, Joe was left with a pit in his stomach and many questions of God’s justice.
- Six million Jews lost their lives under Hitler’s anti-Semitic genocide. The Jews were God’s chosen people. How could He have let this happen?
The existence of tragedy and moral evil in the presence of loving God is one that is as old and puzzling as the book of Job. Many answers have been given, but even more questions remain. In his book, “God Forsaken,” Dinesh D’Souza elegantly answers these questions in a compelling and refreshingly non-technical way.
TIMES 9:30am (Fellowship Hall); 7:00pm (Sanctuary Basement)
READING Schedule is up on the church website: www.shlc.org and the weekly worship bulletin. Additional, supplementary reading is provided below
QUESTIONS OR REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION? Contact Pr. John, Lead Pastor or Michael Peterson
SAMMAMISH HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH
22818 SE 8th Street, Sammamish, WA 98074
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Dennis Prager on Reason
Dennis Prager on Theodicy
Here, Mr. Prager discusses the problem of evil and suffering in the presence of a good and gracious God. Mr. Prager has a radio show that, every Tuesday at 11:00 AM, called the “Ultimate Issues Hour”. Below is an hour dealing with the ultimate issue of why God permits evil to exist. It’s about 35 minutes in length and contains some very interesting discussions between Dennis and his callers.
Leibniz on Theodicy
Here’s an interesting and brief and highly summarized description of how Leibniz, the famed mathematical philosopher, responded to theodical arguments.
From David B. Hart,
Some Relevant Scripture for Reflection
Isaiah 45:7 (my translation)
Forming light and creating darkness
making peace and creating calamity
I am the LORD making all these things
Amos 3:6 (my translation)
If a horn sounds in a city,
will its people not tremble?
If a calamity [befalls] a city,
is the LORD not the cause?