Reasons to Believe

Problem of Evil

  • 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

  • Life From Death

    RTB’s Vice President of Research and Apologetics, Dr. Fazale (Fuz) Rana, delivers a message to Hope Chapel in Ontario, California, about the issue of the problem of natural evil, including death … more

  • Thinking about Suffering and Death, Part 2

    Whether it was losing a loved one, becoming the victim of a violent crime, or facing a life-threatening illness, my immediate reaction to experiences of genuine suffering has been a profound feeling … more

  • Thinking about Suffering and Death, Part 1

    Take it from me, here are two words you never want to hear come out of your doctor’s mouth—“brain cancer!”

    Last May, hall of fame baseball catcher Gary Carter was diagnosed … more

  • Quote of the Week: C. S. Lewis

    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

    – C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: … more