Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves by James Hollis (Gotham Books, 2007).


hollisSuicide bombers. Self sabotaging behaviors. Madmen shooting innocent people. Addictions. Marriage destroying actions. These and a hundred other puzzling behaviors prompted me to read this book. While not providing a definitive “once and for all” solution to the problem of evil, I found it somewhat helpful and am happy to summarize it. As always, summaries are brief and of necessity leave out important information. I’ve gleaned what I consider the salient points. To get the full message I recommend you read the book. It’s hard going at times, hence this road map.

Click here for free 9 page summary.Why Good People Do Bad Things (.pdf)


The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis


The perennial problem faced by monotheists, the problem of pain, is addressed by Lewis in this book from the 1940s. The fact that he later adjusted his understanding of suffering after his wife died (A Grief Observed) does not take away from the thought provoking role this work from a Christian layman.

Problem of pain