Dennis Jensen looks at two very important problems that have led many to reject religious belief generally and Christianity in particular: Why has God allowed the extreme suffering we find in our world? And Can religion be blamed for much of this suffering? He looks at not only the evil so often associated with religions--inquisitions, holy wars, pograms, witch hunts--but also some of the difficulties found specifically in the Bible. Did the God of the Bible command or advocate mass murder, homophobia, slavery? Is the New Testament anti-Semitic? Jensen argues persuasively that a fully biblical teaching does not advocate subservience of women in today's society, church, or family. It does not condemn all same gender sexual relations or transgender identity. It does not teach an eternal hell. As just one of the many fascinating topics he tackles, one of the more important biblical reasons suggested for the existence of evil is that God wants to know whether we will seek to stop or alleviate the suffering we see, whether we will learn to have God's heart, whether we will hate evil and anguish over the hurting as God does. ""This book is a crowbar prying loose imaginations, religious and skeptical alike, stuck in simplistic answers and easy slogans. Jensen's wide-ranging explorations don't try to convince the reader of his every proposal, but they do make it reasonable to trust that God is good and has purposes for us hidden in our lives. A book to be wrestled with, argued over, and grateful for."" --Matt Marston, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia In addition to two other books, Dennis Jensen has written for a local university oriented tabloid and for the American Scientific Affiliation's journal, Perspectives. He holds a master's degree in philosophy of religion, has taught philosophy at a local college, engages in debate and dialogue online, and maintains a web page focused on issues in philosophy of religion, www.encounter1.org. Resource published his second book, Flirting with Universalism: Resolving the Problem of an Eternal Hell (2014).