~George H. Smith, atheist
Christian faith is not an irrational leap. Examined objectively, the claims of the Bible are rational propositions well supported by reason and evidence.
~Charles Colson, Christian
1.6 billion [Christians] can be wrong....My claim is simply that...rational people should give up these beliefs.
~Michael Martin, atheist
Today, it seems to me, there is no good reason for an intelligent person to embrace the illusion of atheism or agnosticism, to make the same intellectual mistakes I made. I wish...I had known then what I know now.
~Patrick Glynn, atheist-turned-Christian
Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?
The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation. Its distribution and degree appear to be entirely random and therefore unfair. Sensitive spirits ask if it can possibly be reconciled with God's justice and love.
~John Stott, theologian
How can a mere finite human be sure that infinite wisdom would not tolerate certain short-range evils in order for more long-range goods that we couldn't foresee?
If there is no God, where did we get the standard of goodness by which we judge evil as evil?
No, he created the possibility of evil; people actualized that potentiality....It's a self-contradiction...to have a world where there's real choice while at the same time no possibility of choosing evil.
People aren't getting away with it. Justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied...God will bring accountability at the right time--in fact, the Bible says one reason he's delaying is because some people are still following the clues and have yet to find him. He's actually delaying the consummation of history out of his great love for them.
~Peter Kreeft, author of Making Sense Out Of Suffering