I recently read “Godforsaken,” by Dinesh D’Souza and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been a while since I’ve read an apologetic book and found that I really liked being challenged to think logically about my faith.
D’Souza offers this book as his explanation of why bad things happen to good people. He addresses how a perfectly good God who is also infinitely powerful could allow evil and suffering in the world. He seems to do so in a clear, succinct, and convincing manner. However, I will say that he left a couple of holes in his arguments.
As I read the book, I found myself really believing his arguments, but also thinking through some of my own issues with the problems he addresses. While I enjoyed the basic concept that it is impossible to have a perfect creation without the capacity for evil that also loves God. D’Souza says it’s basically like asking God to create a 3-sided square. It would no longer be a square, just as love would no longer be love if evil were not also present. Because of that, man has the opportunity to choose evil and some people do.
I had a difficult time, however, going along with his argument that we need to re-define “omnipotence.” I think that God is able to do things that to us do seem impossible, therefore, his definition of the power/resources to do anything that is possible seems a little limiting.
While I haven’t subjected this book to the “atheist test,” I believe that it could be a powerful help to those dealing with doubt. Overall, I highly recommend the book, more as a way to get your mind thinking through these things for yourself than just for the arguments for their own sake.
Please note that I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for free in exchange for this unbiased review.
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