Theodicy Archive

Challenging the Violent Bible

My first article at On Faith ("Let There Be Violence?") is up. The piece looks at responses to violence in the Bible. Any cursory reading of the Old Testament, for example, turns up several troubling stories, which I mention in the article. There are, of course, several responses to these stories, but in this

3 for Thursday: 3 Perspectives on Suffering and Music

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~ Maya Angelou. I  was struck by something while teaching this last fall. I took my University of Findlay students through some Old Testament responses to the problem of evil and we looked at Psalm

Book Review: The Physical Nature of Christian Life

The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church by Warren S. Brown and Brad D. Strawn Cambridge University Press, 2012 200 Pages (Kindle) Available Amazon Powells In September of 2011, I wrote an article for The Huffington Post in which I questioned whether evangelical theology can evolve with science (“Can Evangelical Theology Evolve with

Life transitions and a new book in 2011

With the end of a busy fall semester, life is entering into a new stage.  On December 1, I celebrated the first year anniversary of owning my first home and on the same day received an offer from Cascade Books to publish my book “Becoming Divine: Jonathan Edwards’s Incarnational Spirituality within the Christian Tradition,”

Huffington Post: The Problem with Hell

Sharon L. Baker, Associate Professor of Theology and Religion at Messiah College, has an interesting post (“The Problem with Hell“) at HuffPost that essentially summarizes her book Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment (Amazon).  Her story is one that went from embracing God for fear of hell to

Book Review: World Religions in America (4th Edition)

World Religions in America (4th Edition) by Jacob Neusner Westminster John Knox, 2009 449 pages (paperback) Available Amazon Not long ago, as I was designing a course on American cultures and religious traditions, I included the newest edition of World Religions in America as a primary text.  This text, edited by the well-known Jacob

Book Review: The Sparrow

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Ballantine Books, 1996 408 pages (paperback) Powell’s Books Amazon.com From the beginning, we learn that the mission to Rakhat was a total failure.  In 2019, a signal unexpectedly reaches Earth and the world is stunned to discover evidence of life on another planet.  Bureaucrats did what bureaucrats do:
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