As the title suggests, my fifteenth book deals with some pretty big issues. John Perry’s Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God is a relatively short dialogue (70 pages) that features three friends arguing about issues at the heart of Christianity. Christian minister Sam Miller is challenged by his atheist philosopher friend Gretchen Weirob to prove that belief in an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent creator is not inconsistent with the recognition of a world in which suffering exists. Miller, Weirob, and their mutual friend Dave Cohen discuss the nature of evil and of suffering, the ramifications of free will, and what it means to say that God is all-powerful and all-knowing. Perry does an excellent job of exploring these fundamental theological issues in a way that makes sense to readers without a degree in philosophy. He also offers suggestions for readings that will provide a deeper look at these issues. Any philosophically minded person, Christian or not, would benefit from reading this book. It is a great introduction to the works of Augustine in particular.
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