In Broken Planet, Dr. Sharon Dirckx, award-winning author of Why?: Looking at God, Evil, and Personal Suffering, offers a measured and wise case for why there is a God in a world where suffering still exists. The question of suffering is one of the greatest hurdles to Christian faith.
When believers respond to the question of why there is suffering in the world if there is a God, they often turn to the free-will defence. Stating that humans make choices for good or ill that can bring about suffering in the lives of others. But that doesn't explain why children die of cancer? Or the latest earthquakes or tsunamis? Or pandemics? These seem to happen not because of our choices, but in spite of them. So how do we make sense of these events? Yes, there are devastating natural disasters and diseases in our world. But this is not inconsistent with a genuine belief in a God who loves people and the world he has made.
Dr. Sharon Dirckx blends argument, science and first-person narrative in this unique book, weaving answers to real questions with compassion and empathy, while also acknowledging the element of mystery we will always live with while on earth.