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John Stackhouse Jr. Chapter Summary

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In John Stackhouse Jr.’s book he brings a different way of solving the problem of trusting a God with the realities of life. He starts out by asking the question, is there even a problem? To this he first looks at God from the point of view of the three main monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and finds God to be the only “Creator, Sustainer of the universe” who will lead us to final goodness (25). Then finds three main problems that Stackhouse says that we need to think of rationally before we do emotionally. We need to properly define evil, and it can be done in many ways. Evil is no more than an adjective, human beings, therefore, know what is good and evil because God shares with us the knowledge and this ability to judge and improve our morality. The pain, difficulties, and suffering we go through bring us character. Stackhouse often uses David Hume, as an example of a skeptic, who would then say if God is so all-knowing then why is there suffering in the first place. While modern philosophers can simply label the problem of good and evil to personal issues, because Jews, Christians, and Muslims have such a deep connection with a personal God, it brings issues. Stackhouse himself begins to wonder if this world is good, with all the evil,…show more content…
For example, both authors bring up similar ideas of how suffering is part of what it means to be intrinsically human, although interestingly they come to different conclusions on to what it means. Ehrman see’s it as relieving us of the question of suffering, while Stackhouse see’s it as building moral character. A distinct point of difference for the two books would have to be their style. Ehrman uses a more personal type of writing, sharing his own life stories; Stackhouse used a selection of beliefs and philosophies to showcase his
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