Reasons to Believe

Problem of Evil

  • Why Did God Create the Thai Liver Fluke?

    The Thai liver fluke causes quite a bit of human misery. This parasite infects fish living in the rivers of Southeast Asia, which, in turn, infects people who eat the fish. Raw and fermented fish make … more

  • Why Didn’t God Keep Satan Out of Eden?

    One of the most frequent questions I get from children is, why didn’t God keep Satan out of Eden? It’s not just a question I get from children. I hear this question at nearly every one of my speaking … more

  • 8 Ways Christians Can Make Sense of Mass Shootings

    The recent string of mass shootings in the US and worldwide has understandably rattled people's nerves. Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves and, more importantly, what they can do to … more

  • The Perfect Storm of Suffering

    Upon losing his wife to cancer, C. S. Lewis wrote, “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, … more

  • Finding Humor and Hope in the Graveyard

    This might sound morbid to some people, but I’ve always been fascinated by the subject of death. As a youth, I found funerals much more interesting than weddings. And growing up in the Roman … more

  • The Human Hand in Creating Superbugs

    Superbugs are frightening and the latest news on this medical front isn’t good. Investigators from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that two genes (dubbed … more

  • Life from Death: Is There Purpose in Suffering?

    Fuz Rana joins host Dr. Michael Brown on The Line of Fire to discuss thought-provoking questions such as “How do we reconcile suffering and death with a loving God?” and “Is there … more

  • More Deaths in the Name of God—or No Gods?

    Originally published in Reasons to Believe’s ezine, New Reasons to Believe, vol. 2, no. 1 (2010)

    Great evil has been done in the name of Christ. This charge, a frequent objection to historic … more

  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 4 (of 4)

    During the month of October, RTB editor Sandra Dimas and I have discussed the seven deadly sins and their virtuous opposites. This week we conclude the series with pride and envy. In case you missed … more

  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 3 (of 4)

    This week RTB editor Sandra Dimas and I continue our discussion on the seven deadly sins and the contrasting virtues. Read part 1 and part 2 to see which vices and virtues were already discussed. … more

  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 1 (of 4)

    Fall is upon us, and with that brings pumpkin spice lattes, the turning of leaves, and the ever-tricky topic of Halloween. RTB editor Sandra Dimas joins me to discuss something far scarier than … more

  • Viruses, Disease, and a Loving God

    Though autumn is largely a source of joy, it also brings a few drawbacks, namely colds and other “bugs.” Flu shot reminders sit next to Halloween displays and hand sanitizer is a … more

  • Hurricanes and the Climate, Part 2

    Focusing on the negative impacts of hurricanes, or tropical cyclones, seems easy enough. Yet these systems do benefit the climate system’s balance. A primary benefit of tropical cyclones … more

  • No Exit from Suffering

    I recently underwent some rather invasive medical exams that required me to spend some time in a medical facility. Lying in a hospital bed staring at the ceiling and waiting to see the doctor forced … more

  • Why Would God Allow Natural Disasters?

    No one likes natural disasters. They can devastate entire areas and cause human suffering and death, leaving people to wonder why God would allow such calamities. If God created the earth for the … more