In a message dated 4/11/2008 3:40:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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.
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