Evil and the Cross

Evil and the CrossTheme of Book in 10 words: Theodicy – the problem of evil and the hope scripture offers.

Relevant QuotationEvil is conquered as evil because God turns it back upon itself

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This is a meaty book that although only 130 pages in length plumbs the depths of the human and divine mind.  There is no doubt it is difficult to read and needs to be taken slow to make any kind of sense of it, but it proves richly rewarding when the time is taken to do just that.  Three mainstream solutions to the problem of evil are carefully analysed, and then discarded as falling short in one or two key areas.  Evil is treated as evil with no attempt to diminish its reality, and the author skilfully guides us through much philosophical reasoning (did I say it was meaty?!), convincing us in the process of the sovereignty of God in evil and the goodness of God in evil. The conclusion is simple but profound – at the cross evil is conquered as evil and God abolishes evil triumphing over sin and guilt and death.  By doing this, God, ‘entraps the deceiver in his own wiles’ (p132).

This book was well worth the time it took to digest, and helped me treasure the cross in a way I have not done before.