The problem of evil is one that I, like almost everyone else in the world, have wrestled with ever since becoming a Christian. In EVIL AND THE JUSTICE OF GOD, thelogian N.T. Wright wrestles with this problem head-on by focusing on a God who does respond to evil. He examines the Bible to reveal the ways that God has fought against evil throughout history.
As the title of the book suggests, Wright focuses much of this book on the epitome of God's defeat over evil in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Wright paints a picture of God's ultimate defeat and removal of evil in the new heavens and the new earth. He suggests that we don't live just waiting for this moment, but living lives of justice toward others in light of the world God is bringing about. In this way, we act as agents of God in the fight against evil.
No one has ever definitively solved the problem of evil, and this book won't do it either, but it does present God as one who is against evil and doing something in response to it.
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