Monday, February 11, 2008

Ehrman's New Book Fails to Deal With the Problem of Suffering

Bart Ehrman's new book comes out Feb. 19. It's called God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer. It gets a tiny review in this week's Time magazine here.

The Time review makes two brief points:

1. A systemic case for suffering cannot be made from the Bible (according to the reviewer, David van Biema).

2. Ehrman fails to deal with the more developed defenses such as the free will defense. "Were he to confront their ideas in earnest, he would present his disbelief with a stiffer challenge and readers with a more useful book."