Tag: problem of evil

Augustine’s View of Predestination: St. Augustine, Part 9

Although Pelagianism, a view that denies original sin and promotes the idea that salvation can be earned, went against Augustine’s views of grace through Christ, it did encourage Augustine to focus his thinking on the doctrine of predestination. In his early writings, Augustine taught predestination based upon God’s foreknowledge. The idea was that God merely chose those human beings whom…

Thinking about Suffering and Death, Part 2

Whether it was losing a loved one, becoming the victim of a violent crime, or facing a life-threatening illness, my immediate reaction to experiences of genuine suffering has been a profound feeling of being alone in that condition. I don’t know if other people react that way to sorrow. For me, suffering is a deeply personal issue that I don’t…

Looking Back on 9/11

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This historic event and its aftermath continue to stir up questions about topics such as the problem of evil and conspiracy theories. Below, I’ve provided links to podcast episodes and articles discussing these issues. As we mark this important anniversary, I’d encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on…