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Why Is There Suffering?

Pick Your Own Theological Expedition
Bethany N. Sollereder
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Take a Unique Adventure as You Explore Questions about God, Suffering, Evil, Pain, and Final Destiny

Be engaged, enlightened, and surprised by this unique book on suffering that gives control to the reader. Similar to novels that allow readers to choose their own "paths," Why Is There Suffering? by Bethany Sollereder invites readers to make choices that lead them on an exploration of theological possibilities about topics like:

  • God's existence
  • God's nature
  • The nature of suffering
  • Evil
  • Pain
  • The final destiny of humans and animals

Readers will face multiple possibilities regarding suffering and its theological explanations and have to make choices about which one they find most plausible. Each decision will lead to further complexities and new choices, helping readers see how theological choices lead to certain conclusions. This book does not offer final answers. Instead, it introduces the "theological" possibilities, both Christian and non-Christian, that readers can explore and wrestle with so they can make informed decisions about their beliefs.

Taking an intentionally light-hearted approach to a heavy topic this accessible and winsome book presents an unusually helpful introduction to the problem of suffering and the most commonly offered responses to it. Suggestions for further reading are provided with each choice.

About the Author

Bethany Sollereder (PhD, University of Exeter) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. The author of God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering, she writes regularly for journals and popular publications including Christian Century and

  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 192
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310109020
  • Release: November 2, 2021