Continually Sharpening

A theological blog by Janelle Zeeb

Articles About Theodicy

Why Doesn't God Prevent More Evil?

In a previous post I talked about the 'problem' of believing that God is fully good and loving while accepting that sometimes God punishes people with death because of their sins, and how I make sense of that.

Another frequent accusation against God's goodness is that if God was really …


Defending God's Justice Regarding Death

One of the frequent objections that atheists or opponents of Christianity frequently raise is about all those times in the Old Testament when God kills people, or tells the Israelites to kill certain people.

These critics claim that a God of love would never act like this, that it is …


How Suffering Is Useful For Christians

There are some mysterious verses about suffering in the Bible, and how that suffering is possibly useful or even beneficial to Christians.

For example, in Romans 8:16-18 Paul writes:

"The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs …


Theodicy as a Criteria for Theology

In an earlier post, I talked about why I'm interested in theodicy. Theodicy is the attempt to defend God's goodness despite all the evil and suffering in the world.

In this post, I want to talk more about how theodicy is one criteria I use to determine some of my …


Why I Study Theodicy and Difficult Topics

Some Christians and even pastors shy away from the difficult topics in theology such as evil, suffering, reprobation, and hell. They say we shouldn't think about such awful things, and should focus on the positive parts of Christianity.

However, I am drawn to the challenge of these areas, all of …