The Bible Sojourner with Peter Goeman

Hosted ByPeter Goeman

The Bible Sojourner is a podcast that discusses specific biblical passages, theological topics, and the intersection between the Bible and contemporary culture. The goal of the podcast is to equip the listener to better understand the Bible, theology, and culture, all in an effort to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

Why Does a Good God Allow Evil? Or, The Problem of Evil and the Christian (Ep 166)

Today Peter Goeman is joined by Scott Christensen to talk about why a good God would allow evil things to happen in this world. Scott introduces us to the free will defense and the greater good defense, ultimately arguing that God’s glory is the best way to understand why God allows evil. Scott has written What About Evil? (P & R, 2020) and recently released a new book, Defeating Evil (P & R, 2024).

Time stamps for discussion on the problem of evil:

00:00 Introduction

01:24 Who is Scott Christensen?

06:06 Why is everyone interested in the problem of evil?

12:35 Why does Scott have a particular interest in the problem of evil?

16:45 Introduction to ways people typically deal with problem of evil

25:30 Why is the free will defense so compelling to Christians?

30:50 What is the greater good defense to the problem of evil?

38:44 What are the problems with the free will defense?

51:36 Why is the greater glory defense?

01:12:45 How all this impact daily life?

01:30:05 Giveaway information and conclusion

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