The CCEL Times 5.8 (August 1, 2010)
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From the Director
Concluding this series of articles on responses to suffering, I would like to mention a chapter of a book on the question of suffering by someone Time Magazine once called the "leading philosopher of God," Alvin Plantinga. His approach is to address objections to belief in God based on the kinds of suffering we see in the world, the sort of objection stated by Epicurus:
Is he willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil?
In this Chapter Plantinga dismantles such arguments with solid philosophical and theological reasoning. In fact, largely because of Plantinga's work over the decades and the work of other Christian philosophers, such arguments have been largely discredited in philosophical circles; if they are seen now, it is generally only in much weaker forms.
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What We're Reading
The Church History of EusebiusReviewed by Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer
I've never read a book quite like The Church History of Eusebius before. It's not simply a history book, or a book written by a Church father; it's both. By being so close to the events he records, Eusebius provides an interesting perspective on them. Furthermore, his Church History is intriguing for its abilities to provide an edifying history of the Early Church.
Featured HymnLet Us Break Bread Together
Some of the stanzas of this African American spiritual may date back to the eighteenth century. Other stanzas have been added by oral tradition. A look through modern hymnals will reveal an array of variations on the text. The most notable alteration in [this version] is the phrase "to the Lord of life" in place of the original "to the rising sun," in which "sun" was an ambiguous metaphor referring to God. The song's use at communion services probably dates from after the American Civil War.
Classic SermonsGeorge Whitefield on "The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteous Enough"
Come by faith to Jesus Christ; do not come, Pharisee-like, telling God what you have done, how often you have gone to church, how often you have received the sacrament, fasted, prayed, or the like: no; come to Christ as poor, lost, undone, damned sinners; come to him in this manner, and he will accept of you: do not be rich in spirit, proud and exalted, for there is no blessing attends such; but be ye poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God; they shall be made members of his mystical body here, and shall be so of the church triumphant hereafter.
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