The biggest question about God is not, surprisingly enough, whether he exists. It’s about whether God is really good.
In my debates with leading atheists, I noticed that many of them aren’t real unbelievers. It’s not that they refuse to believe in God; rather, they are angry and disappointed with God.
Many unbelievers are wounded theists. And their main complaint is that God, who is supposed to be all-powerful and good, seems in reality to be uncaring and even malicious. They fault God for allowing so much evil and suffering in the world.
Christians, too, can be wounded theists, cherishing God when things are going well but feeling godforsaken when there is tragedy. At some point all of us ask the difficult questions:
- Why do bad people end up on top while good people go through hardships?
- Why do so many people suffer needlessly?
- Is God really omnipotent and benevolent, and if so, why does he permit so much suffering?
“A triumphant tour de force.” —Eric Metaxas
In the book I draw on new discoveries in modern science to offer an original solution that will satisfy believers and challenge the most hardened skeptics.
What others are saying
“In addition to reviewing the classic explorations of this most vexing problem, Dinesh D’Souza adds two provocative contributions: first, the perspective of a man born in India, a land that views suffering very differently from the West; second, an active engagement with the New Atheists, whom he counts as friends as well as debate partners.”
—PHILIP YANCEY, author of What’s So Amazing about Grace
“Atheists beware: this book contains incontrovertible evidence of a benevolent and omniscient Creator. What is that evidence? It is the spectacular mind of Dinesh D’Souza. Believing such a mind could be the product of random forces would take infinitely more faith than believing in unicorns and leprechauns. A triumphant tour de force.”
—ERIC METAXAS, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
“Dinesh D’Souza examines the strengths and weaknesses of the historic approaches to the problem of suffering and offers some provocative suggestions based upon more recent ideas of fine-tuning and the Anthropic Principle. He tackles the challenges in fair-minded way while offering direct answers to the arguments of today’s anti-theists. The result is a readable and entertaining book.”
—IAN HUTCHINSON, physicist and professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT
“In this provocative and important book, Dinesh D’Souza tackles the most difficult question of faith. Every reader, believer or not, will come away enriched, inspired, and compelled to rethink old assumptions.”
—RABBI DAVID WOLPE, author of Why Faith Matters