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Burnsville Book Club: God's Problem: How the Bible Fails... by Bart Ehrman

We'll be discussing God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer by Bart Ehrman.

The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.

Click HERE for the Bart Ehrman interview on the Minnesota Atheists produced radio show, "Atheists Talk" on KTNF 950AM in May 2009.

 

Production Description from Amazon.com:

In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers:

  • The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin
  • The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings and God, after all, is God
  • Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it
  • All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

In God's Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith—or no faith—to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us.

In July we'll be discussing Friday Night Lights by Pulitzer-prize winning writer, H.G. Bissinger. 

We'll be taking suggestions for future books so please come with your ideas and suggestions!

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