Oxford Christian apologist Vince Vitale recently released a book he co-authored with theologian Ravi Zacharias that deals with suffering, why it exists and how Christians can explain it.
Vitale recently spoke with The Christian Post about the book, titled Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense, where he discusses how suffering can shape someone's future and identity, and the existence of evil in the world. He also addresses skeptics who might call God evil for creating people in a world where they are destined to suffer and die.
"We might be tempted to think that it's always wrong to create someone in an environment in which we know that they will suffer significantly," said Vitale. "And that might be the claim that the atheist or the person who's skeptical of God makes. They might say God has to either not exist or be evil because otherwise he would never create someone in an environment in which he knew they were going to suffer." more >>
A small village in Japan claims to be the final resting place of Jesus Christ, arguing that the founder of Christianity got married to a local and had children.
Shingo, a rural community of about 3,000, claims to be the sight of Christ's tomb, where local legends say that Jesus came there after He was crucified.
A recent article by inquisitr.com noted that this claim is in "regional apocryphal religious writings known as the Takenouchi Documents." more >>
Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
Lee unabashedly based the Finch character on her father, a revered small town attorney of impeccable integrity. Reputedly the closest clone of old Mr. Lee was Harper's older sister, Alice Lee, sometimes called "Atticus in a skirt," and herself an attorney since 1944 who became Alabama's oldest female lawyer, practicing well into her nineties, wearing tennis shoes with suits. Alice, to whom Harper dedicated her book, along with their father, died earlier this month, age 103.
The two women were what earlier generations called spinster sisters, who lived together for most of the last half century at their family home in Monroeville, Alabama, until both went into separate retirement homes due to health. Like her devoutly old-fashioned Methodist father, a teetotaler said to be "as dry as an old bleached bone," Alice was a lifelong, church-going Methodist and lay leader who championed civil rights, serving First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, where the Lees worshipped since the early part of the last century. more >>
Susan Patton, better known as the "Princeton Mom," recently shared her views on college and acquaintance rape, which she called a "learning experience."
"We're talking about nothing but rape on campus, it seems like, for the last several weeks or months, but I think what makes this conversation so particularly prickly is the definition of rape," Patton said on CNN. "It no longer is when a woman is violated at the point of a gun or knife. We're now talking about, or identifying as rape, what really is a clumsy hookup melodrama, or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or caress."
The country has been discussing college rape after Rolling Stone published an article about the University of Virginia and the case of a student called "Jackie." The story was called into question and now Rolling Stone, the reporter of the story, and even the alleged victim have been blamed for spreading rumors and/or lies. Patton's comments about the situation indicate one side of the argument. more >>
Pastor Bo Stern is dealing with knowing that this will be her husband's last Christmas with his family since he has only been given a few months to live.
Still, Stern,49, has found joy in the holiday season and is making it her mission to help others do so in her latest book When Holidays Hurt, Finding Hidden Hope Amidst Pain and Loss. In 2011, Stern learned that her husband Steve was diagnosed with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Since then, the holidays have been anything but easy for Stern and her four children. This Christmas is no different since Stern recently learned that her husband has been given a life expectancy of two months. more >>
A U.K-based Christian apologist has penned a new book dealing with suffering and why God allows it to continue in the world.
Vince Vitale, senior tutor at the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, England, recently penned the book, Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense, with theologian Ravi Zacharias in order to challege the most common assumptions Christians make about suffering.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Vitale shared some of the points he makes in the book about why suffering exists and how it shapes the world we live in. more >>