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God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

The primary reason an atheist does not believe in God is unnecessary suffering. Even believers struggle to understand why a loving and powerful God does not prevent pain. In his best-selling book, God Can't: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils, Thomas Jay Oord offers a new perspective. What if we were to understand God's power in light of God's love? Hear Oord weave together five ideas from his book on the problem of suffering. He plans to allow ample time for your questions.

Thomas Jay Oord, a Thomas theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies, directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. He is an award-winning author and has written or edited more than twenty-five books. He is known for contributions to research on love, science and religion, open and relational theology, the problem of suffering, and the implications of freedom for transformational relationships. Website:

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Sponsored by the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL).

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