Is our pain God's problem? If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow so much suffering? These kinds of questions—sometimes called the problem of theodicy—have long bothered believers and nonbelievers alike. These questions are especially pressing now as we face the AIDS pandemic, widespread hunger, and environmental degradation—not to mention the grief that humans can cause one another. Our two guests for this new Beliefnet Blogalogue have devoted part of their lives to addressing these issues. Bart Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of God's Problem and Misquoting Jesus, among many other titles. N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham for the Church of England and has taught at McGill, Oxford, and Cambridge. His books include Surprised By Hope, Evil and the Justice of God, and several other titles.And here is the link to the opening round. This format seems to me to be a better method of airing out an issue vs. the timed and controlled debate method typically hosted at universities and such. The latter seems to be more about the performance of the speakers and scoring points than getting to the bottom of an issue.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Theodicy on Trial
Beliefnet is sponsoring a "blogalouge" between Bart Ehrman and one of my favorite scholars N.T. Wright on the age old subject of theodicy. Here is the abstract: