Monthly Archives: March 2012

Six Blind Idiots and an Elephant

You’ve probably heard the story about the blind men and the elephant. The story is supposed to help us understand that we can’t ever really know truth about God. Here’s the poem by John Godfrey Saxe: It was six men … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 10: Special Pleading

This is my last post on Ehrman’s errors regarding his understanding of the classical view of suffering—that God punishes people for their sins. Here I will focus on what he calls “unfortunate historical realities.” Ehrman complains that the “predictions of … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 9: He Minimizes the Horror of Sin

My first two posts on Ehrman’s discussion of the “classical view” of suffering—that God punishes people for their sins—were mostly about clearing up ambiguities and misapplications. In this blog we come to some unambiguous examples of God punishing people for … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 8: The Strawman

Ehrman points out that the “classical view” of suffering—that God is punishing people for their sins—does have some merit: “The prophets, in short, were concerned about issues of real life—poverty, homelessness, injustice, oppression, the uneven distribution of wealth, the apathetic … Continue reading

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Ehrman’s Problem 7: The “Classical View” & the Holocaust

In my first series on Ehrman’s book God’s Problem, I reviewed some of his random ramble through the free will defense (there’s more to come). Now in his chapters two and three we turn to an even longer ramble spanning … Continue reading

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