The number one philosophical question that confronts the church is not creationism, is not medical ethics, but is the antecedent issue of all these, theodicy, or the problem of evil. How do we confess to believe in a good and all powerful God, and yet accept the problem of evil? In The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World philosopher William Dembski addresses the arguments of books like The God Delusion, God is not Great, and The End of Faith by dealing with three specific claims: 1. God by wisdom created the world out of nothing. 2. God exercises particular providence in the world. 3. All evil in the world ultimately traces back to human sin. Compelling and insightful, Dembski brings us to an understanding of what our Christian faith really demands; a radical realignment of our thinking so that we see God's goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin. "William Dembki's The End of Christianity is so interesting and well written that I could not put it down. But more importantly, I have read very few books with its depth of insight, breadth of scholarly interaction, and significance. From now on, no one who is working on a Christian treatment of the problem of evil can afford to neglect this book. I highly recommend it. -J.P.MorelandDistinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
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This is a well written book that respectfully explains how one can have a very Biblical old earth view, still resting on the fact that our sin caused natural evil(like death) before the fall. The two do not have to be exclusive. God is good and is outside of time time and space as is revealed in scripture. Our Lord Jesus saved new and old testement prophets when he died on the cross for our sins. His amazing act of grace spanned back in time. Christians can agree on this. Is it possible that the grave consequences of sin reached back in history before the fall, causing natural forces of evil(like death)? This book gives an intelligent case for reconciling evil forces in nature with the scientific findings that point to an old earth, yet holding scripture with the highest regard. I believe our God is so much bigger than we can conceive. This is an interesting, intelligent argument that adheres to scripture. It should be read, considered and genuinely prayed over without blind dismissal. May it be a blessing to the faith of many as we all seek to study God's Word and love Christ more fully.
As a believer in the facts of an old earth, I really enjoyed this book. God's books of nature and scripture cannot contradict. Yet how do we explain so much death before the sin of Adam?
Most old earth creationists say such suffering and death was in the plan of God all along. From God's perspective creation was very good, even though it was not perfect.
However, Dembski believes the fall, like the benefits of Christ's sacrifice, was retroactive. We do know that the whole earth was not a paradise. God planted a garden in Eden and set it apart from the rest of the earth. When Adam was driven out of the garden and from the tree of life, he would have found himself in a world of death that already existed outside the confines of the garden.
God knew ahead of time, before time, actually, that Adam would sin. He not only made plans for a redeemer, He also had a world ready into which to drive Adam as punishment for his sin.
Dembski is very thoughtful and thought provoking. He has a high view of God's revelation as found in BOTH scripture AND nature. Too bad so many emphasize one to the exclusion of the other. Too bad some have made their hyper-literal wooden interpretation of the Bible their true God, while missing out on amazing insights into God's nature and creation.
I'm saddened that someone calling themselves a Christian could take such a low view of Scripture. He admits that the Bible teaches a young earth then rejects it because, as he claims, science has proved the earth is old and since it counts as the 67th book of the Bible (sound like a heresy to anyone else?) the first book of the Bible has to be reinterpreted to fit the 67th. Other than his horrendous disrespect and disbelief in Scripture the rest of the book was pretty weak too.