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Suffering and the Goodness of God (Theology in Community)


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Famine, sickness, terrorist attacks, natural disasters—each day horrific scenes of suffering stream before us via television, the Internet, and newspapers. Believers are taught that God is good, and they believe this truth. Yet when faced with suffering and hardships, the one question believers are most often asked is, why?

Suffering and the Goodness of God brings insight to many contemporary concerns of suffering by outlining Old and New Testament truths and tackling difficult questions about God’s sovereignty, human freedom, and the nature of evil. This volume offers believers biblical truths concerning suffering, and then challenges them to promote justice in the harsh, unsure world around them, and emulate God’s grace as they minister to those who are suffering.

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Key Features

  • Grounds content in both Old and New Testaments
  • Brings insight to many contemporary concerns of suffering
  • Provides content accessible to pastors, students, and laypeople alike


Praise for the Print Edition

When people are hurting they need biblical answers, not platitudes. Here the editors and authors have thoroughly combed the Scriptures to give us the answers we need in tough times. This book should help both those who are suffering and those called upon to comfort and encourage others in their suffering.

Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

The skeptic chides: ‘If God is good, he is not God; if God is God, he is not good.’ With Scripture to answer the pain of real life questions, and with real life pain to question Scripture, these theologians address the hardest questions with honesty, tenderness, and deep truth.

Bryan Chapell, president emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; senior pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

  • Title: Suffering and the Goodness of God
  • Authors: Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson
  • Series: Theology in Community
  • Volume: 1
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Suffering › Biblical teaching; Theodicy › Biblical teaching
  • ISBNs: 9781581348590, 9781433504785, 9781433504792
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-02-13T19:42:21Z

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About the Editors

Christopher W. Morgan is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He holds a PhD from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author and editor of several books including Hell under Fire.

Robert A. Peterson holds a PhD from Drew University and is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Calvin and the Atonement.


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