If I Were God, I'd End All the Pain: Struggling with Evil, Suffering and Faith

Author(s): John Dickson

Christian Life

A child catches a rare brain virus and is affected for life. A father dies in a plane crash. A dictator murders millions. Why doesn't God do something about things like this? Why does he allow them to happen? In fact, can we still believe in God in the face of all the suffering and pain in the world? In the first of a new series of short books, John Dickson looks honestly at these questions, and provides some compelling answers. He looks briefly at the alternative explanations for suffering provided by Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Atheism, before turning to what the Bible itself says about God, justice and suffering. Book jacket.


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This is great little book by John Dickson. It is easy to read yet gives a very clear Christian answer to the problem of evil and suffering. It doesn't answer every question on this topic (I'm not sure you can) but the main questions are answered. I'm buying a heap of them as I know I'll be giving this one away a lot! – Hans Kristensen, Resolved Church

"John Dickson re-states the traditional arguments for the problem of pain in a compact and readable form. Whilst Christians will find it addressing their own questions of suffering, it has been clearly designed for the person in the street, and to give away to enquiring friends."

John Dickson's previous books about Christianity have been best-sellers throughout Australia and the UK. The warmth and humour of his writing, and the straight forward clarity of his ideas, have endeared him to thousands of readers. As well as being an author, John has a busy life speaking about the Christian message in churches, schools and universities all over his native Sydney and beyond. And just for fun in his spare time, he is doing a PhD in ancient history. According to him, however, his finest achievements are marrying Elizabeth and raising Joshua and Sophie.

General Fields

  • : 9781876326371
  • : Matthias Media
  • : Matthias Media
  • : January 2001
  • : 20.00 cmmm X 13.00 cmmm X 0.70 cmmm
  • : Australia
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Dickson
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 231.8
  • : 75