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Author: Bart D. Ehrman Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780061629709
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In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers:

  • The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin
  • The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings and God, after all, is God
  • Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it
  • All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world

For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman's inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity.

In God's Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible's contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith—or no faith—to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entrapped invocation of a God who is not believed in, but is nonetheless despised, is what gives the book a rough power…[Ehrman] is a lucid expositor.”

    New Yorker

  • “[God’s Problem] will find sympathetic readers, even among believers…Ehrman’s clarity is something emulate.”


  • “Ehrman’s clarity, simplicity, and congeniality help make this a superb introduction to its subject.”


  • “Ehrman, a prolific and popular author, has put his journey into words in a new book…Ehrman actually ends God’s Problem on an upbeat note, a kind of call to arms for people to be good—to themselves and to others.”

    San Diego Tribune

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/18/2011

    " Honestly, I really good book at the bigger picture of God/Heaven/Why we suffer. If it's free will, why do children in Africa starve-I doubt they choose to live in poverty. Really enlightening for the Christian/Atheist/Agnostic alike. "

About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including several New York Times bestsellers. He is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. He has been featured in Time, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post and has appeared on NBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, major NPR shows, and other top print and broadcast media outlets.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles, ranging from preschool books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.