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Lecture on Pain, Suffering and Religion Slated for April 24

A number of writers and philosophers have pondered why there's suffering in the world. On April 24th at 7:30PM in Plaster Student Union Theatre, a nationally-known speaker will present his views. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Christian apologist C.S. Lewis wrote a book "The Problem of Pain" that explores the question: How can a benevolent God allow suffering in the world? Where Lewis reached a conclusion that affirmed his Christian faith, Dr. Bart Erhman's conclusion is very different in his latest book "God's Problem."

Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and he'll be in Springfield to talk about his writings.

He grew up attending church, became an evangelical Christian in his teen years and graduated from Moody Bible Institute. He eventually became a pastor at a Baptist church. But when his academic studies led him to the Greek texts of the New Testament, he says he became less certain of the things he had believed so strongly.

Ehrman says that's the message he hopes to bring to his audience when he speaks here in Springfield. He says he's not looking to convince people to become agnostic like himself but he says he wants to encourage them to be thoughtful about what they believe.

Ehrman says as an agnostic, he's in the minority in his own family. His wife and mother are Christians.

Ehrman says he welcomes everyone to his lecture and will take questions from the audience.

We have a link to information about his visit on our website:


  • More information about Bart Ehrman's Lecture at Missouri State