Christianity

Christianity is a world religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus, his Apostles, and the early Apostolic Fathers writing in the 1st-2nd centuries CE. Christians believe Jesus - who was both fully divine and fully human - was the Messiah who sacrificed himself on the cross to save humanity. He later rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Read articles about Christianity below.

Problem of Evil: Why Bad Things Happen

God the Father (from Altar of Philip the Bold) - Melchior Broederlam, 1399

Why do bad things happen? Or more specifically, if there is a God, and He is all-knowing, all-powerful and completely good, why does He allow evil to exist and for good people to suffer because of it? This is the crux of the "problem of evil," an intellectual and moral dilemma theologians and philosophers have grappled with and debated for millennia. … [Read more...]

Perceptions of Evil – What is Evil?

The Riot or Scene of Revolution, or Destruction of Sodome - Honore Daumier

One of humanity‚Äôs most common theological questions is how to answer the fundamental question, "What is evil?" How can you create a working definition of evil that accounts for (1) mass genocides, atrocities like the Holocaust, or a gunman walking into an elementary school and opening fire, and (2) natural occurrences that cause mass destruction like floods, tidal waves, … [Read more...]

The Devil by Amelia Wilson

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Rating: The Devil by Amelia Wilson first caught my attention with its many color illustrations of the Judeo-Christian devil throughout history. It is a concise look at the evolution of the devil over 2.5 millennia through art. The book is divided into 6 chapters: Chap 1 - Paving the Way: The Devil's Earliest Origins - gives a brief overview of Sumerian, Babylonian, … [Read more...]

Problems in Ethical Monotheism: Why Does Evil Exist?

God the Creator and Angels - Pietro Perugino

In Ethical Monotheist traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there is a concept of an all-powerful, all-knowing, Creator who is morally good, just, kind, loving, and who has our best interests in mind. In the book, God, Timothy Robinson describes this God as a being who is all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly good, and wholly benevolent; who is everlasting or … [Read more...]

Philosophy of Religion: The Nature of God

God of hosts - Viktor Vasnetsov

Before I can talk about arguments for and against the existence of God, I need to talk a bit about the nature of God. When we think about the nature of God, certain characteristics come to mind: God is Spiritual or Supernatural - most religions view 'god' as an entity or force that is beyond our physical selves. Of course, some religions aren't limited to just one god - … [Read more...]