Author(s): William A Dembski (Baylor University, Texas)
Now available in Spanish. Theodicy attempts to resolve how a good Godand evil world can coexist. The neo-atheist view in this debate has dominatedrecent bestseller lists through books like "The God Delusion" (RichardDawkins) and "The End of Faith" (Samuel Harris). And their popularity illuminatesa changing mental environment wherein people are asking harderquestions about divine goodness. Surprisingly, these books please intelligentdesign champion William Dembski, because "They would be unnecessary ifChristianity were not again a live issue."Entering the conversation, Dembski's provocative "The End of Christianity"embraces the challenge to formulate a theodicy that is both faithful toChristian orthodoxy and credible to the new mental environment. He writesto make peace with three claims: (1) God by wisdom created the world outof nothing. (2) God exercises particular providence in the world. (3) All evilin the world ultimately traces back to human sin. In the process, Dembskibrings the reader to a fresh understanding of what "the end (result) ofChristianity" really means: the radical realignment of our thinking so thatwe see God's goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin in ourhearts and evil in the world.