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  • WendellWag@aol.com
    Apr 11, 2008
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      In a message dated 4/11/2008 3:40:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
      Aelfwine@... writes:

      Does Ehrman engage or cite _any_ of the works of the legion of
      theologians who have addressed this topic in the past millennia?

      I have the book but haven't read it. There aren't very many references to
      previous theologians' discussion of the works. There are some references to
      works like The Brothers Karamazov. There are a whole lot of citations of
      biblical verses which (he claims) contradict each other on the subject of the
      problem of pain and each of which (he believes) don't solve the problem. There
      are a lot of examples of suffering which (he says) can't be reconciled with
      any Biblical theory of them. He says that despite a lifetime of trying to
      understand the Biblical explanation for suffering that he doesn't find any
      consistency or value in it.

      For what it's worth, he doesn't seem to be convincing anyone and really has
      no intent of convincing anyone. (He can't even convince his wife, who
      remains a devout Episcopalian.) He says that he has no intent to convert anyone to
      atheism or agnosticism. He says that the only people who try to convert him
      anymore are atheists who can't understand why he wants to remain an agnostic.

      Wendell Wagner

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