The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine without God (Clark)

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The problem of evil is one we’re all familiar with . . . but what about the problem of good?

If Christianity is true, why do many people seem to live moral, fulfilling lives outside the gospel? Do such moral non-Christians really need the gospel, or will their good deeds save them? Is the traditional view of hell really justified? And if it is, how do we evangelize people who seem more upright than we are? Can we legitimately benefit from their contributions to culture and society?

Many of the answers to these questions lie in the doctrine of common grace. Here authors from a variety of backgrounds tackle these questions and others by exploring God’s common grace and its daily implications.


Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Problem of Good – D. Marion Clark

Part One: An Exposition of the Doctrine of Common Grace

1. Restraining Sin and Wrath – Steven J. Lawson

2. My Father’s World: The Good Gifts of Common Grace – Sean Michael Lucas

Part Two: Application of Common Grace for Worship and Life

3. Worshiping and Glorifying the Creator and Provider – D. Marion Clark

4. Sharing the Gospel in Light of Common Grace – John Leonard

5. Common Grace and Loving Your Neighbor – Ruth Naomi Floyd

6. How Should We Then Live in the World? – David Skeel

7. How May We Learn from the World? – Gene Edward Veith

8. Hardwired for Pleasure – Paul David Tripp

9. The ‘Good’ Neighbor – D. Marion Clark

Conclusion: The Limits of Common Grace – D. Marion Clark   



D. Marion Clark (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) served as executive minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for sixteen years and has edited two previous books.



“We struggle to explain why good things happen to bad people…Why do so many sinners…receive so many divine blessings? And why does God allow so many good things to happen in the world through the actions of people who do not serve him, as well as through people who do?... Pastor Clark has dedicated his life to explaining biblical truth in clear, practical ways and to solving spiritual problems in the life of the church. He does all of that here, in The Problem of Good. There is no other book like it.” – Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois