“'God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer', by Bart D. Ehrman. Finished reading 11 Mar 2008. 3/5 stars.
Regarding human suffering, Ehrman writes: "This book is not really meant to explain just what we should be doing [about suffering]...This book is designed to help us thnk, not about the solution, but about the problem. And the problem I'm addressing is the question of why. Why - at the deep, thoughtful level - is there such pain and misery in the world? I'm not asking the scientific question of why mosquitoes and parasites attack the human body and make it ill, but the theological and religious question of how we can explain the suffering in the world if the Bible is right and a good and loving God is in charge." (p. 200)
That is a better synopsis of the book than one I could come up with. I have mixed feeling about this book. It is certainly Ehrman's most personal and emotional to date. Yet I can't help but wait for something new from Ehrman that is on par his earlier, and truly magnificent book, "The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture". What can I say - Ehrman spoiled me with that one.”