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"The problem of suffering has haunted me for a very long time. It was what made me begin to think about religion when I was young, and it was what let me to question my faith when I was older. Ultimately, it was the reason I lost my faith."    - Bart Ehrman ; God’s Problem


"It is true, if surprising, that those who accept historical crosses in the most radical way and make the least attempt to glorify them, those who least get used to them and least accept 'cheap' answers to the question of theodicy, are the ones who most seriously commit themselves to suppressing historical crosses. "    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"This is the question about the ultimate meaning of history and the question of theodicy: how can a good and powerful God be reconciled withe the horrors of history. And, once more, it is not appropriate to rush in with the well-known theoretical answers to these questions: God puts things right in another life; God brings good out of evil, God respects human freedom, because otherwise the metaphysical monstrousness would be even greater. It is good to try and find relief from a scandalized reason, but it is bad if this relief should eliminate the scandal."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"Suffering in itself has no meaning; the only suffering that has any meaning is the suffering we accept in the fight against suffering."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


God saw what was going on with Israel. God understood.

   - Moses the prophet ; Exodus 2.25,The Message


Faith is born out of suffering, and suffering is faith's most powerful contradiction. This is the Christian dilemma. The only meaningful Christian response is to resist unjust suffering and to accept the painful consequence of that resistance.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


The ultimate source of all evil is found in the will of free agents rather than in God.

   - Greg Boyd ; God of the Possible


I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance happens to everyone.

   - Solomon the Wise ; Ecclesiastes 9:11


The problem of evil is the most powerful objection to traditional theism.

   - Richard Swinburne ; Oxford Companion to Philosophy


Now God can create free creatures, but He can’t cause or determine them to do only what is right. For if He does so, then they aren’t significantly free after all.

   - Alvin Plantinga ; God, Freedom, and Evil


God is not the author of evil. He was, however, the author of his creatures’ capacity to choose between good and evil. Freedom to do good, which brings good consequences, cannot exist without the corresponding freedom to do evil, which brings suffering. If loving God really means something, then the choice to follow him must be real and meaningful.

   - Randy Alcorn ; If God is Good


The answer to the problem of evil and suffering is not a philosophy, but a Person; not words, but the Word.

   - Randy Alcorn ; If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil


Unless we wrestle with this question of pain and suffering, we not only cut ourselves off from understanding the central Christian mystery; we trivialize the gospel which meets the world at its point of deepest need.

   - N.T Wright ; Mark for Everyone


If a good God made the world, why has it gone wrong?

   - C.S. Lewis ; Mere Christianity


A reporter asked Mother Teresa, "When a baby dies alone in a Calcutta alley, where is God?" Her response? "God is there, suffering with that baby. The question really is where are you?"

   - John G. Stackhouse Jr. ; Can God Be Trusted?


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