Dinesh D’Souza has a gift for making philosophy accessible to non-philosophers. In Godforsaken, he tackles the problem of evil in the world. Along the way, he seeks to explain free will versus God’s omnipotence, the lawful universe, and divine justice. As if that were not enough ground to cover, D’Souza also includes a chapter on animal pain and one that considers whether or not God “should” have created us. If you have ever struggled with questions such as “Why didn’t Jesus heal everybody?” or “Why was God so brutal in the Old Testament?” this book can help.
D’Souza presents his arguments with both confidence and humility. Perhaps this explains his respectful relationships with many leading atheists as well as the esteem with which he is held in the Christian community. Joshua Harris speaks of “humble orthodoxy.” D’Souza is a fine example of humble brilliance. He does not claim to know it all, but he does present his best arguments—then trusts the reader to do his own share of thinking as well!
Note: D’Souza’s views on creation/evolution are along the lines of “old earth creationism,” meaning that he and Ken Ham have some big disagreements. As a librarian, however, I am confident that any reader capable of tackling a book of this sort is capable of handling ideas with which they may disagree. After all, if a book just parrots what you already believe, it is offering you nothing to think, pray and meditate about!