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Trinity Debate: Paul Copan, Pavel Gavrilyuk, Matthew Levering, Dennis Magary

Divine Action, Human Suffering, and the Old Testament


February 11 | 7-9pm ATO Chapel

Moderator: Chris Firestone


Prominent public atheist Richard Dawkins contentiously calls the God of the Old Testament “the most unpleasant character in all fiction: … a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, … capriciously malevolent bully.” While no Christian would agree with such a hyperbolic statement, the God of the Old Testament has indeed been a stumbling block for many faithful folk. If the problem of evil and suffering is among the foremost intellectual challenges to belief in a benevolent God—how could a God of love and forgiveness, of tangible action and eternal hope coincide with such massively gratuitous and apparently pointless evil and suffering in the world—then the problem appears even more acutely when examining divine action and human suffering in the Old Testament. This year’s debate will feature four Christian perspectives addressing the topic, along with responses from each.


dennis-magary_50x50 Dennis Magary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Divine Action and Human Suffering in the Book of Job”
Matthew_Levering_50x50 Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL)
“God, Human Suffering, and Death in the Old Testament”
paul-gavilyuk Paul Gavrilyuk, Univerity of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
“Patristic Treatments of Divine Anger in the Old Testament”
paul-copan_50x50 Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University
“Current State of the Question: Promise and Pitfalls”


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