If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world. Geisler’s book will answer the above questions and give you a clear understanding why there is evil and suffering in the world. God does not permit evil. Evil is the work of the devil and people who have free choices.

If God, Why Evil?
by Norman L. Geisler, PhD
Bethany House
February 2011

The book goes into detail – giving us a clear picture of why there is evil in the world.. The sections are broken down as follows:

Three Views of Evil: Pantheism affirms God and denies evil, Atheism affirms evil and denies God, Theism affirms both God and evil.

The Nature of Evil: If evil is real, and if it is opposed to good, then both good and evil must have existed forever.

The Origin of Evil: God did not create any evil thing. He created only good things, and evil is a privation or corruption of a good thing.

The Persistence of Evil: God is all powerful – He could destroy evil, but this would destroy freedom – this would be incompatible with God’s love.

The Purpose of Evil: God is all-good and has a good purpose for everything. There is a purpose for evil.

The Avoid-ability of Evil: Evil is necessary to achieve a greater good. Evil can be avoided – people have the freedom to sin or not to sin.

The Problem of Physical Evil: The solution to the problem of moral evil is based on free will. The problem of evil is real for human beings, and the problem of physical evil is acutely real.

Miracles and Evil: God could perform miracles and stop all evil. Nothing is impossible for God – only what is actually impossible is beyond supernatural intervention. Again – free will.

The Problem of Eternal Evil (Hell): Hell is real. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will certainly go to Hell – the everlasting fire – for eternity.

What About Those Who Have Never Heard? The reality is there is no one without revelation from God. The light of nature shines through to all. If you seek God – He will get the message to you.

The book is an interesting-thought-provoking- concise and thorough book. Dr. Geisler carefully answers tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. The comforting news for believers is that WE CAN REST ASSURED THAT GOD IS BOTH LOVING AND ALL-POWERFUL.

Recommended for those who want straight answers to Why There is Evil and What Causes Evil. God does not cause evil – the devil and our free will does.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.