The problem of evil is one of the most ancient and perplexing problems humankind has ever faced. It has both a practical and a theoretical dimension. The practical dimension stated simply is that we humans experience attack, suffering, and death. If this part of the problem were solved, we would be eternally loving and happy.
The theoretical dimension involves paradox at best, and straight-out contradiction at worst. God, our supposed Creator, is said to be a perfect being, perfectly happy, knowing, powerful, and loving. But if God is perfectly loving, He wants His creations to be perfectly happy like Himself. And if He is perfectly powerful, His will is done and cannot be opposed. Therefore, His creations are perfectly happy. But we humans are not perfectly happy!
In his book Robert Hellmann offers a radically new solution to this problem of evil based on the teachings in A Course in Miracles. After setting forth this solution, he confronts several crucial questions that must be answered for this solution to be intellectually acceptable. For example, if God did not create the world of bodies, what did He create? Who did make the world, and how did the maker of this world originate? If God created us perfect like Himself, implying that we have everything and lack nothing, for what could we have possibly asked? And if God does not know about our suffering in this world, then in what sense can we legitimately say that God is perfectly knowing? And, furthermore, in what sense is Divine Help available to us? How is salvation possible?
On his way to answering these questions Mr. Hellmann illuminates the Course’s teachings on the nature of God and His creations; the origin of the ego, the body, and the world; the nature of the separation, the split mind, the ego and the Holy Spirit; the choices available to us in this world; and the Course’s teaching that forgiveness is for illusions and not for the truth.
Mr. Hellmann goes on to show how the Course’s teaching on forgiveness provides a solution to the practical problem of evil.
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